SOUTH AFRICA: Snapping Threads

Prime Minister Malan last week snapped two more of the tenuous threads linking the Union of South Africa to the British Commonwealth. His government:

¶Brushed aside God Save the Queen as South Africa's national anthem in favor of Die Stem van Suid Afrika (The Voice of South Africa), a thundering Afrikaner hymn.

¶Created a batch of new military awards, topped by the "Cape of Good Hope" decoration, a five-sided disk which takes precedence over all other decorations, orders and medals. South African heroes of the two World Wars who won Britain's coveted V.C. (Victoria Cross) at Flanders or El Alamein may...

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