Hannah Walton

Afrikaner angst: Cato Pedder goes in search of her ancestors

As a descendant of Jan Smuts, Pedder is Afrikaner aristocracy. But she finds the legacy increasingly problematic while researching the lives of her female forebears

Cato Pedder’s great-grandfather Jan Smuts, photographed in 1942. [Getty Images]

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