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The Witkruis Monument or Plaasmoorde Monument is a monument complex along the N1 route between Potgietersrus and Pietersburg, South Africa, conspicuously located on the slope of Ysterberg, on private property of the Harmse family. Since June 16, 2004, symbolic white-painted metal crosses have been planted on the area of about 5 hectares for each death during a South African farm attack.


925 of the approximately 3,000 white metal crosses on the slope are arranged in a striking central cross shape to emphasise the Christian nature of the monument. About 20 red crosses at the top of the monument represent local casualties. In 2020 and 2022, further monuments were placed at the foot of the cross field.


The Witkruis Monument, also known as the Plaasmoorde Monument, stands as a poignant reminder of the lives lost during South African farm attacks. Located on the Ysterberg slope along the N1 route between Potgietersrus and Pietersburg, this monument is situated on the private property of the Harmse family. Since its inception on June 16, 2004, the monument has grown to encompass an area of approximately 5 hectares, adorned with symbolic white-painted metal crosses for each victim.

Our organization, Bittereinders, is deeply committed to supporting this cause. Here are the ways we are making a difference:

Financial Support and Fundraising:

  • We organize fundraising events to ensure the ongoing maintenance and expansion of the Witkruis Monument.

  • Donations collected through our campaigns are directly channeled to the Harmse family to help with the upkeep of the site and the addition of new crosses as needed.

Awareness Campaigns:

  • Bittereinders actively promotes awareness about the monument and the tragic events it commemorates through social media, community outreach, and educational programs.

  • By spreading the word, we aim to educate the public on the significance of the monument and the impact of farm attacks on South African communities.

Community Engagement:

  • We engage with local communities to foster a collective memory and ensure that the stories of those who have perished are not forgotten.

  • Our members participate in events held at the monument, including memorial services and anniversary observances.

Volunteer Support:

  • Bittereinders volunteers assist in the physical upkeep of the monument, including the planting and maintenance of the metal crosses.

  • We also help with organizing and running events at the monument site.

Documentation and Research:

  • Our organization contributes to the documentation and research of farm attacks, providing valuable information that helps keep the monument's records up-to-date.

  • We work with historians and researchers to preserve the history and significance of the Witkruis Monument.

The Witkruis Monument is not just a site of remembrance but a symbol of resilience and hope. With 925 of the approximately 3,000 white metal crosses arranged in a central cross shape, and about 20 red crosses representing local casualties, the monument underscores the Christian values and the communal spirit of those it honors. In 2020 and 2022, additional monuments were placed at the foot of the cross field, further enhancing the site's importance.

At Bittereinders, we believe that our commitment to the Witkruis Monument cause reflects our dedication to preserving history, supporting affected families, and fostering a culture of remembrance and resilience in South Africa.


Hester Labuschagne: 078 348 4447 | Klaas Prinsloo: 073 424 3307


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