By Harold Jack Simons, R.E. Simons
The intensification of the liberation fight in South Africa has resulted in a renewed call for for this e-book. As a severe research of the Labour and nationwide activities in South Africa it's a vintage learn incorporating a lot fabric drawn from fundamental hitherto untapped resources. whereas it has develop into crucial interpreting for these engaged within the fight for South African liberation, it's also a useful textbook for college students of race family, colonial nationalism, the category concept and South African historical past. This reprint via IDAF takes where of the unique variation released via Penguin African Library in 1969. The authors, either well known contributors of the Communist get together of South Africa till it used to be banned in 1950, have first hand wisdom of many occasions defined during this ebook. Politically exiled from South Africa in 1965, they now reside in Zambia.
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Effendi, representative of the Moslem Association. Col oured voters were expected to plump for him; and parliament insisted on remaining exclusively white. W. P. Schreiner, a famous liberal in later years, who had replaced Innes as attorney general, defended the measure. The return of a Coloured mem ber, he argued, might precipitate constitutional changes preju dicial to Africans. 44 Ever willing to sacrifice African interests for an alliance with *Afrikaners, Rhodes was as ready to sacrifice the alliance to build an empire.
On the other hand, magistrates were given the power to impose fines, and not imprisonment alone, on all other servants; while em ployers were for the first time made liable to imprisonment for breaches of contract. X British and colonial troops made war on the Hlubi in 1873, they 1 Gcaleka and Pedi in 1877, the Ngqika, Thembu, Pondo, Griqua and Rolong in 1878, the Zulu in 1879, the Sotho in 188o, the Ndebele in 1893, and the Afrikaner republics in 1899. The Cape absorbed the Transkei and its peoples in 1879-94.
Here white working men fought against great The Liberal Cape capitalist combines for rights. The struggle rarely crossed the colour line to unite workers of all races in a common front against the employing class. White workers usually chose to fight on their own, often under the banner of white supremacy. Racial discrimination, sponsored by governments, employers and white workers, divided the working class into antagonistic racial groups. As industrialism spread, the country moved ever farther away from the ideal state contemplated by Cape liberal ism, in which all persons 'without distinction of class or colour should be united by one bond of loyalty and a common interest'.