Geene Bandieten ("No convicts") is an original sentimental anti-convict song written by "a South African" in 1849, a period when feeling about the importation of convict labour ran high in the Cape colony.
Performance history in South Africa
1949: Written for and first sung as "divertissement" by Tot Oefening en Vermaak during a production of Zoë, of De Zegepraal eener Standvastige Liefde (Mercier) and De Logen om Best Wil (Garrick) in the Hope Street Theatre, Cape Town on 30 October.
Worden, Van Heyningen and Bickford-Smith. 1998. Cape Town: The Making of a City: An Illustrated Social History:p. 168
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