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General Hertzog and the South African Protectorates

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    GENERAL HERTZOG, Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, on his return to South Africa from attending the recent Imperial Conference in London, once more raised publicly the question of the transfer of the administration of the native Protectorates in South Africa from the Imperial Government to the Government of the Union. According to a message, which appeared in The Times of July 7, he alleged that the British Government has failed to carry out pledges of early transfer, which were not only conveyed to him personally by the responsible minister on several occasions, but also were embodied in the agreement which formed the substance of the aidemémoire framed and made public in 1935. He went on to assert that instructions issued by the British Government to its administrative officials in the Protectorates have failed to carry out an undertaking to direct those officials to bring their influence to bear on the natives in such a manner as to induce in them an attitude favourable to the transfer to the Union.

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