CAPTAIN VELDTMAN BIKITSHA, born about 1828. He was first a constable in Grahamstown, and was of great service to the British officers during the wars of 1850-53 and the war of 1877. He was under Sir G. Currie with whom he used to travel about the country. As a result of his distinguished service and loyalty to the Crown and the British officers, Veldtman was promoted to the rank of Captain. A wonderfully courageous man-this was exhibited on one occasion, when, while travelling with an officer, a lion appeared on the scene. The officer shot and wounded it, but the lion only became more furious and desperate. Veldtman jumped at it and caught it by the tail, overpowered, and killed it. He visited England and Queen Victoria honoured him with an audience and presented him with a walking stick. This stick is now a precious treasure of the family. It is said that Captain Veldtman is the originator and founder of the Transkei General Council, which gradually deteriorated until the late C. J. Rhodes came to the rescue. Captain Bikitsha is one of the two natives who served as jurors in the South African courts. He was an acknowledged leader in the Cape Province and highly respected by all sections of the community. He died at a ripe old age in 1912. His son, Chief Charles Bikitsha, resides in Butterworth, Cape Province, and is said to be one of the most progressive men in that part of the Cape Province.
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