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Rodseth, Fred


the life of a Native Affairs administrator

Published: Volda, Johannesburg, 1984

Edition: First edition

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144 pages: portraits, map. Pictorial paper covered boards, faded on spine. Errata slip laid down on front free endpaper.

Signed inscription from Rodseth on front free endpaper (Recipient's name deleted). 

Rodseth was the descendant of early Norwegian settlers to Natal. He grew up speaking Zulu and English. He took the Civil Service exam and went to work in the Native Affairs Administration. Rodseth describes some matters that he dealt with, including Zulu views on lobola and succession to chieftainships. On the outbreak of WWII, he became a commissioned officer in the Natal Mounted Cavalry, and in that capacity was involved in the awarding of the D.C.M. to Pvt Lucas Majozi and the M.M. to Job Maseko. Majozi had continued to extract wounded men from a minefield, despite being wounded in the leg, hip, buttock and neck himself. He continued when others did not, bringing the wounded out on his back. Rodseth indicates that Majozi was initially recommended for a Victoria Cross in the citation by Col. Bester. When Hendrik Verwoerd came to power, Rodseth left government employ and worked for Anglo-American until his retirement.

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 21,5 x 15 cm
  • Sold By: Select Books
  • Contact Person: David McLennan
  • Country: South Africa
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