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Hofmeyr, Jan Frederik Hendrik (1894–1948), classical scholar and politician in South Africa, was born in Cape Town on 20 March 1894, the younger son of Andries Brink Hofmeyr (1851–1897), a newspaper manager, and the imperious Deborah Catherina Beyers (1863–1959). His mother developed a neurotic fear of her son dying young and became over-possessive of a boy who soon revealed his genius. Almost eight when sent to the ...