Somerset Oos Debatsvereniging

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("Somerset East Debating Society") Society founded in 1893 by D.P. Du Toit to address the absence of Dutch and/or Afrikaans cultural activity in Somerset East. It offered mock courts, debates and "entertainments". On one such occasion, sometime between August 1892 and May 1893, the members utilized jokes in circulation to develop the idea for a play on the border wars. The society then produced the resulting Afrikaans farce - Di Bedriegers (“The Cheats”) - with text written by D.P. du Toit. The society seemed to flounder after that, and was re-launched on 13 July 1895.


Ludwig Binge, 1969; P.J. du Toit, 1988; [TH, JH]

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