SOUTH AFRICA: The Union in Danger

Rent last week by a constitutional crirsis, South Africa was agitated by fears that the Union formed after the Boer War might be put asunder.

After the Boer rebellion was crushed in 1902, the British had tried generosity. The constitution of the new Union of South Africa provided for a Senate with equal membership from each of the four provinces in the Union. It is this equilibrium which is threatened by the Senate-packing bill introduced a fortnight ago by Prime Minister Johannes Gerhardus Strydom (TIME, May 23).

Strydom's bill provides for eight new Senators to be nominated by Strydom's government,...

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