Hope for South Africa

Hope for South Africa

Hope for South Africa

Hope for South Africa

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The political power in South Africa is almost entirely in the hands of the white people. The exceptions are that Africans are represented in the Senate by four Europeans, and in the Lower House by three Europeans, all of whom they elect; the Coloured people are represented by four Europeans, also elected by them. At one time Africans and Coloured people who were qualified to vote in the Cape Province were on the common roll, and voted like everyone else, except that the elected legislators had to be white; but General Hertzog and his United Party, aided by Dr. Malan's Nationalist Party, were able in 1936 to secure the two-thirds majority needed to remove African voters to a separate roll, and in 1956 Mr. Strijdom and his Nationalist Party manufactured a two-thirds majority by means of enlarging the Senate and removed Coloured voters to a separate roll.

Therefore today the white population of South Africa and South-West Africa is represented by 156 Members of Parliament, and the non-white population by seven members while in the Senate the numbers are eighty-five and four respectively.

The Indian people are entirely unrepresented. In 1946 General Smuts and his United Party offered the Indian people . . .

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