South African Republic: Commandants-Generaal: 1850-1858

Commandant Generaal
16 Oct 1850 - 15 Jan 1851 Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus Pretorius [1]
Lydenburg
15 Jan 1851 - 17 Dec 1856 Willem François Joubert [2]
Marico
15 Jan 1851 - ? Apr 1852 Johan Adam Enslin [2]
Potchefstroom-Rustenburg
15 Jan 1851 - 23 Jul 1853 Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus Pretorius (x) [2]
23 Jul 1853 - 9 Aug 1853 office vacant
9 Aug 1853 - 6 Jan 1857 Marthinus Wessel Pretorius
Zoutpansberg
15 Jan 1851 - 16 Dec 1852 Andries Hendrik Potgieter [2]
16 Dec 1852 - 17 Mar 1853 office vacant
17 Mar 1853 - 6 Nov 1854 Pieter Johannes Potgieter
6 Nov 1854 - 4 Jun 1855 office vacant
4 Jun 1855 - 18 Feb 1858 Stephanus Schoeman [3]

[1] The position of a chief military commander and leader of the Dutch settlers in Transvaal was originally claimed by Andries Hendrik Potgieter named "hoofd Commandant en bestierder" in a petition signed by the residents of Potchefstroom on 6 May 1845 and confirmed by another petition coming from Ohrihstad (1 Aug 1845). He was also confirmed as "hoofkommandant en Bestierder der Hollandsche Emigranten" by a public assembly held on 22 and 23 Sep 1846. Another claimant, Pretorius was elected "Commandant General" by a public assembly held in Winburg on 7 and 8 Feb 1848. The Volksraad decisively refused to confirm either nomination and stressed their position by a resolution of 24 Sep 1849. After a period of political struggle, Pretorius was finally appointed to the office of Commandant Generaal by the Volksraad (provisionally on 16 Oct 1850).
[2] Appointed by the resolution of the Volksraad of 15 Jan 1851, providing for the replacement of the office of Commandant Generaal with four regional Commandants Generaal for Lydenburg, Marico, Potschefstroom-Rustenburg (originally for Magaliesberg) and Zoutpansberg [Notule van die Volksraad, 2:4, Art. 3]
[3] Continued to 17 Apr 1862 as Commandant Generaal for the whole Republic, then in rebellion.
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