Evita Bezuidenhout, still regarded as the most famous white woman in South Africa, was born Evangelie Poggenpoel of humble Boer origins in the dusty Orange Free State town of Bethlehem on 28th September 1935.
WHO IS EVITA?
The most famous white woman in South Africa!
Evita Bezuidenhout, still regarded as the most famous white woman in South Africa, was born Evangelie Poggenpoel of humble Boer origins in the dusty Orange Free State town of Bethlehem on 28th September 1935. Illegitimate, imaginative, pretty and ambitious, she dreamt of Hollywood fame and fortune, tasting stardom in such 50s Afrikaner film classics as Boggel en die Akkedis (Hunchback and the Lizard), Meisie van my Drome (Girl of my Dreams) and Duiwelsvallei (Devil’s Valley). She married into the political Bezuidenhout Dynasty and became the demure wife of NP Member of Parliament Dr JJ De V Bezuidenhout and the proud mother of de Kock, Izan and Billie‑Jeanne… continued below
Pieter‑Dirk Uys on Evita:
Towards the end of the 1970s, I was writing a weekly column for the Sunday Express in Johannesburg. It was during the time of the Information Scandal, which led to the eventual fall of John Vorster and the rise of PW Botha. The land was abuzz with rumours of embezzlements, thefts, even murder, but because of the ever‑increasing paranoia about press control and censorship, it was not possible to write about these things.
So I created a character in my column out of whose mouth these rumours / facts dripped like warm honey. She was the wife of a Nationalist MP, someone on the fringes of power but elbow‑deep in the catering, so she knew all the ins and outs. For three years she appeared about once a month, informing the nation of the stench under the cloak of respectability and no one stopped her (me). Someone even gave her a name: “The Evita of Pretoria”.
Evita’s Free Speech Ep108 – 17 Sep: Evita on local affairs to remember