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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.

On the Order was placed a petition (seventy five signatures) from the district of Rustenburg, praying the Government to grant a portion on ground at Saul's Poort to the Bachatla tribe there, which was threatening to trek across the border if they could not obtain ground for the erection of locations.

The CHAIRMAN said that this was a portion of the tribe of natives over whom Lincue (at Mochulig, on British territory) was ruling, and he was a peace-loving chief. This portion had stayed this side of the border.

Mr. A. D. WOLMARANS said that the Raad should not hinder native trekking. If they went in thousands across the boarders, he (the speaker) would be thankful. These people were useless inhabitants of the State. They were indolent. The Government could scarcely get them to work, and farmers were constantly struggling to obtain hands for farm labour. Natives possess more privileges than burghers, and here they were threatening the Government to trek. Let them trek by all means. They were in reality saying: "Give us locations; if you won't, we will go." The sooner they went the better.

The Commission's report was adopted.

This report was to the effect that the memorial 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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