Makwassie – Beyers – Pieterse memorial

General Christiaan Beyers took the field as a leader of the Boer rebels  against the government, only to be overwhelmed by the government troops under the command of General Botha, to be driven from pillar to post as a fugitive, and to be drowned  with Adjudant Jan Pieterse on 8 December 1914, while trying to escape from his pursuers by crossing the Vaal river at Greylings drift. His body was recovered two days later, and with his death the rebellion was brought to an end. The barrel of the canon shows in the direction where they drowned