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Extract from a newspaper report on events in South Africa in 1897
(Catalogue ref: DO 119/33)
The Volksraads.
First Chamber.
Tuesday, August 10.

A Dissatisfied Tribe.

A petition with 75 signatures from the district of Rustenburg was put to the Volksraad, asking the government to give some land at Saul's Poort to the Bachatla people. These people were threatening to move across the border if they could not get the land they needed.

The Chairman [of the Parliament] said that this was a part of the tribe of natives ruled by Lincue, and he was a peace-loving chief. The chief lived on the British side of the border at Mochulig, but the people asking for the land had stayed on the Boer side of the border.

Mr. A. D. Wolmarans said that the Raad should not stop natives from moving. He would be thankful if thousands of them crossed the borders. These people were useless and lazy. The government could not get them to work and farmers were short of hands for farm labour. Natives had more privileges than settlers, and here they were threatening the government that they would leave. Let them go. They were in reality saying: "Give us land; if you won't, we will go." The sooner they went the better.

The Commission's report was adopted.

This report recommended this be referred to the government, with instructions that the government investigate into the matter of the petition, and report to the Raad.
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