Never before had the assembly chamber of the Union of South Africa's Parliament echoed with more noble sentiments, nor had Prime Minister Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd and his Nationalists sounded more concerned with the welfare of the country's Bantus (blacks).

"In Africa." cried the Minister of Bantu Administration and Development, his mournful face almost aglow, "a number of nations have gained their freedom or are on the road to freedom, and this desire is also present amongst the Bantu people of the Union." He was speaking last week in behalf of a bill—"a God-given task"—that would ostensibly grant that freedom to...

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