KROTOA HERITAGE

A Khoi Khoi woman named Krotoa (pronounced *cra-toe-wah) was one of the first local people to interact with Jan van Riebeeck - the Dutch colonial administrator who founded Cape Town. Krotoa was Van Riebeeck's interpreter, and was instrumental in ending the first Khoi Khoi-Dutch war. But colonial tradition has not smiled kindly on our heroine, who is portrayed as an alcoholic and a woman of loose morals. As we celebrate Heritage Month, Senior Reporter, Candice Nolan explores Krotoa's life story...