Charles Robberts SWART

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African politician

South AfricanBorn Charles Robberts SWART

First State President of the Republic of South Africa

Born on December 5, 1894 in Winburg, Orange Free State, South Africa

Died on July 16, 1982 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa

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Swart was born on 5 December 1894 on the farm Morgenzon, in the Winburg district, part of the Boer republic of the Orange Free State (which became a British colony in 1902 and a province of the Union of South Africa in 1910).



He was the third of six children, born to Hermanus Bernardus Swart (1866–1949) and Aletta Catharina Robberts (1870–1929). The Anglo Boer War (Second Boer War) broke out when he was 5 years old. During the war his mother and the children were interned at the Winburg concentration camp. Of the three boys only two survived the concentration camp. His father was wounded and captured by the British during the Battle of Paardeberg. He became a prisoner of war and stayed in Groenpunt and Simonstad until the end of the war.

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