A memorial service for veteran Afrikaans filmmaker, Jans Rautenbach, has been held in Vlakteplaas near Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo.
Eighty-two-year-old Rautenbach passed away last week in a Mossel Bay hospital after being in a coma for a month following a heart attack.
It was a solemn occasion at Vlakteplaas Primary School. Besides his movies, the school was Rautenbach’s legacy.
He built the school in 2005 for children to access to education, arts and culture.
School principal Isaac Hendricks commended Rautenbach for building the school.
Rautenbach was born in the then Transvaal. He angered many in the Afrikaans community in the 1960’s for his movie “Die Kandidaat” which was critical of Apartheid.
Rautenbach settled in the Little Karoo more than 40 years ago.
Friends and family travelled from all over the country to mourn his death.
Rautenbach’s daughter, Andrie van Zyl, says her father was an inspiration to many.
Rautenbach is survived by his wife, four children and grandchildren. He will be cremated at a private ceremony.