Dr. Ernest George Jansen - eighth Governor-General of the Union of South Africa, who died?
Dr. Ernest George Jansen - eighth Governor-General of the Union of South Africa, who died Nov. 25 at the age of 78 - was buried in the Old Cemetery at Pretoria, Nov. 30, to the accompaniment of a 21-gun salute.
All business activities ceased in the city and crowds of silent people watched the State funeral procession from the Groote Kerk to the cemetery, while Dakotas and Sabres of the South African Air Force flew over in formation and dipped in salute.
Mourners included Mrs. Jansen and her family, Prime Minister Verwoerd, members of the Cabinet and the Diplomatic Corps as well as high-ranking officers. Six Ministers bore the coffin from the church to the hearse and six senior officers carried it from the cemetery gates to the graveside, where Dr. Geldenhuys, who had earlier read the sermon, conducted a short ceremony.
Dr. Jansen had for the past six years been suffering from leukaemia, incurable cancer of the blood. His condition was known only to his immediate family and to his physician.
Member of long standing of the South African/Nationalist Party, Dr. Jansen held a Nationalist seat in Parliament from 1921 to 1943 and another after 1946. For fifteen years he was Speaker of the House of Assembly - in the opinion of most South African parliamentarians the best the Assembly ever had. In 1948 he was appointed Minister of Native Affairs under Premier Dr. Malan, and in 1951, Governor- General. He conscientiously applied himself to maintain the tradition set by his predecessors, while introducing into the formalities of Government House rather more of the Afrikaner cultural traditions than had been encountered there before.