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During the Anglo-Boer War the word ‘joiner’ was used to signify a Boer combatant who had gone over to the other side and ‘joined’ the enemy – in the sense of actively assisting against the Boers. Such persons were, understandably, regarded as traitors.
A ‘joiner’ was different to a ‘hensopper’, a combatant who had surrendered. It was one thing to raise one’s hands in surrender, quite another to actively ‘join’ the enemy against one’s own people.
Although the feelings of subsequent generations concerning ‘hensoppers’ and ‘joiners’ might still occasionally run high, such distinctions are largely historical.
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