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Elsewhere in the world the imperial government in London exercised a veto over its colonialists to protect the interests of the native people of the colony from the settlers.In Kenya, for example, London blocked several attempts by colonists to make Kenya a 'white man's country'.Although Africans represented a minority of voters and did not vote as a block, Rhodes passed two laws simultaneously which caused large numbers of them to be struck off the electoral role.One, the Glen Grey Act, limited the amount of land Africans could hold; the other tripled the property qualification for the vote.For more than 40 years the Cape had had a non-racial franchise which allowed anyone, irrespective of race, with property worth pounds 25 or wages of pounds 50 a year to vote for representatives in an Assembly which made laws for the colony.Rhodes believed that the world should be ruled by the Anglo Saxon and Teutonic races: one of his dreams was to force the United States of America back into the British Empire.In fact, the British tradition, as purveyed by both English-speaking South Africans and the parliament at Westminster, has played a less than glorious role in establishing democracy.It was two renowned Englishmen, Cecil Rhodes and Winston Churchill, who at crucial moments planted the seeds that were to ripen into policies which deprived black people of democratic rights in South Africa.
What we would call the racial issue was then 'the native problem'.Africans were to have no say in the election of a national parliament, although they retained their voting rights to the Cape parliament.The young Churchill, then Under-Secretary for the Colonies, had covered the South African war as a journalist and had been captured by - and escaped from - the Boers.IN THE days leading up to the South African election we will be told by journalists and commentators that democracy has finally arrived in South Africa and that black South Africans will be voting for the first time. Democracy has a long, if contorted, history in South Africa.For nearly 100 years there was a non-racial franchise and the electoral role did not become exclusively white until 1956.
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Because of Churchill and his policy the British parliament had already washed its hands of responsibility for the rights of its black citizens in South Africa.