Woolf Joel is killed due to his refusal to kidnap President Paul Kruger


Paul Kruger

Monday, 14 March 1898

On 14 March 1898, 34 year old Woolf Joel, Barney Barnato's nephew, was shot and killed by Baron Von Veltheim because he refused to assist in kidnapping President Paul Kruger.

It was alleged that Von Veltheim had visited Joel at the Brothers Barnato offices, and had suggested a plan to kill President Kruger. When Joel rejected his proposal, he was shot and killed. Von Veltheim was later arrested and jailed for this crime.


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Last updated : 14-Mar-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011