Thomas Hart was a ‘stationmaster’ on the trade route to Delagoa Bay, now the H2-2.
One day a party of armed locals came up to his door and in angry terms told him that a few days previously some white men at Pretoriuskop had met a member of their tribe who was in possession of a rifle. The whites had taken the rifle from their tribe member in what was an unjustifiable manner. The tribesman returned to his kraal and told his story.
Instantly a party had set out in pursuit of the offenders, but had been unable to find them. However, they were convinced that these men were connected to Hart. They told him to give up his rifle in exchange for the one that had been taken off them.
Hart refused, and was shot through the head. He died on 22 August 1876 at the age of 22
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