Serbs in South Africa

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Serbian South African
Srbi u Južnoj Africi
Срби у Јужној Африци
Total population
25,000 (2012) [1]
Regions with significant populations
mainly Johannesburg
English, Afrikaans and Serbian
Serbian Orthodox Church
Related ethnic groups
White South African

Serbian South African is a South African citizen of Serbian descent or Serbia-born person who resides in South Africa.


The Kingdom of Yugoslavia did not give too much attention to the community of Yugoslavs in the Union of South Africa.[2] The state did not send teachers, priests or financially assistance to local associations, such as was the case with communities in North and South America.[2] In 1941, According to the first Yugoslav general consul in Cape Town Stojan Gavrilović, the local community was in chaotic situation.[2] In 1942 the Royal Yugoslav Army sent agents on a mission to Cape Town to recruit local male civilians of Yugoslav descent to help with the war effort.

In 1952 Serbian community that left Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia after World War II founded a local Saint Sava church and school municipality in Johannesburg.[3] In 1978. local Serbian Orthodox Church dedicated to Thomas the Apostle was built.[3] Today local schools teach students Serbian language with support and under the program defined by Ministry of Education of Serbia.[4]

In 1962 Serbian modernist author Miloš Crnjanski first published his work Lament over Belgrade in Johannesburg.[5]

During the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, Serbian South Africans and other supporters staged demonstrations against the NATO bombing campaigns that devastated Serbia in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria.[6]

In 2012 the case of extradition of Željko Ražnatović killer Dobrosav Gavrić from South Africa to Serbia attracted media attention in both countries and South African journalist and editor in chief of City Press claimed that state become a haven for Serbian criminals.[7]

On 2013 Presentation of Jesus at the Temple local church in Johannesburg marked the anniversary of Serbian Revolution where 22 folklore groups took part in presentation of Serbian folklore.[8]

Serb Club "Zavičaj", Church and School Municipality Saint Sava, Serb Cultural and Artistic Society "Africa" and Association "Serbian Unity" are active in South Africa.[9]

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  1. ^ "Политика Online - Дијаспора може да промени Србију". 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  2. ^ a b c "Yugoslav Colony in South Africa 1941–1945". Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  3. ^ a b "Kako žive Srbi u Južnoj Africi - Otac Pantelejmon". Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  4. ^ "Српска школа у Јужној Африци". Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  5. ^ "Bibliografija Miloša Crnjanskog". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  6. ^ Political Violence against Americans, 1999. DIANE Publishing, 2000. Bureau of Diplomatic Security's Office of Intelligence and Threat Analysis
  7. ^ "Južnoafrička novinarka: Postali smo utočište za srpske mafijaše". Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  8. ^ "Сретење у Јужној Африци". 18 February 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  9. ^ "DIASPORA CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS-South Africa". Retrieved 2014-12-31.

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