A Life for Africa The Story of Bram Fischer by Naomi Mitchison

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Supcreated it But Government. to the posed to be there to give advice (',ovcl1lment. lInt advice posed was alLowed allowed to do so little that, ten years later, it was bitterly biucrly "a toy telephone" called "a telephone" by one of the Councillors, Counclllora. Mean Meancalled voters md influence while the status statns and influence of the Coloured Colollt'l'd vot<:tS vote altogether the only lost they But gradually decreased. decreased. loot v(lle otltogether the fifties. i Everyone got togeder, clearly clearly becoming beC(lming a white police state.

Hind. burg; he had left rural Afrikanerdom totltUy Har After Pc;U'1 Pearl Harchanp. Art~r Government (kJvermmmt attitudes llttitudea did not change. y say that In as far lUI A few of the course nothing came of it. A African, But of CClUI'SC African. for lighter skinned coloureds joined up in the Cape, white COl' u. wAR HE WAR T 50 Tho Closed Door Door The the duration of their service, service. But most Coloureds and Coloured Africans went into unarmed battalions battalions of the Coloured were on.

The pressure pres~ure continues. But all the thne was further repression time there wns l'Cpression of the Africans Africans and a series of Aets Acts designed t() to hold them down industrially and socially. In 1946 things came cae to ila head. Workers in power stations struck. This WM was followed, again, by the miners whose conditions had improved hardly at all in the last four years, yeaI'll, while the ~:ost WM going up. tel'c was plenty plenty of double crossing. The African African miner& miners' strike was WM almost complete complete and showed showed how much better their organization had become.

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