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Flag of the Potchefstroom Republic

Flag of the Potchefstroom Republic
The town of Potchefstroom (Transvaal) was founded on December 22, 1838, by Andries Hendrik Potgieter, a leader of the Voortrekkers. For a brief period, until 1840, Potchefstroom, Winburg, and surrounding areas, came together to give life to the Boer Republic of Winburg-Potchefstroom. This Boer republic take a flag very similar to that of the Voortrekkers (the difference is the white border between the red cross and the blue field). This flag was used briefly also by the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek (literally: “South African Republic”, Boer Republic in the region of the Transvaal) from October 1874 until May 1875, under President Thomas Francois Burgers, who didn’t like the Four-colours flag (“Vierkleur”). The Vierkleur however, was restored as the flag of the ZAR as President Burgers was abroad, and the flag in question was kept as the flag of the President.