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Extract from a complaint in 1899 by white South African settlers against British businessman Cecil Rhodes
(Catalogue ref: DO 119/552)
To his Honour the State President and the Honourable Members of the Executive Council Pretoria.

Your Honour and Gentlemen,

The undersigned come before you with a humble request to assist us.

We desire to put before you the following complaints against the Right Honourable CJ Rhodes of Rhodesia (Matabeleland) to the Honourable Government of this state.

Some time ago Mr CJ Rhodes sent out invitations to the Afrikaaners in the S.A. Republic and especially to the Transvaalers, to come and occupy the northern portion of South Africa (where the Matabele peoples lived). He promised that those who accepted his invitation should receive for themselves properties (lands). Many of us travelled there and sacrificed everything in the war against the Matabele peoples which followed. At that time Mr Rhodes promised that all Africaaners who served in the war should each receive a property for himself as soon as the war was over. ......

Mr Rhodes refused to fulfil his promise and we are thus reduced to poverty. We are also suffering from starvation and poverty in Rhodesia.
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