September 19, 1933 — July 19, 1965
In 1963 Ingrid Jonker’s poem, The child who was shot dead by soldiers at Nyanga, was published. Two years later, at the age of 31, her ongoing battle with depression and anxiety caught up with her and she took her own life. Gordon’s Bay is where Jonker spent much of her childhood and where she was happiest. Almost 30 years later, President Nelson Mandela reminded the country of this poet’s insight and prescience when he read The child during his inaugural address to South Africa’s first democratic Parliament, on May 24, 1994: "… the child grown to a man treks through all Africathe child grown into a giant journeys through the whole worldWithout a pass"