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Title:The Dunn Reserve, 1895-1948: A Case Study of Segregation and Underdevelopment in a Reserved Land Category
Author:Ballard, Charles C.
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Affairs
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:colonial policy
indigenous peoples
communal lands
Ethnic and Race Relations
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:John Dunn, the 'white chief of Zululand', died on August 5, 1895 at his Mangete residence in southern Zululand. He had led a varied, eventful, and even often controversial career. A large proportion of the controversy surrounding Dunn's activities emanated from his decision to observe Zulu marriage customs by taking numerous African wives. The product of Dunn's union with his 49 wives was 114 children. The Dunn community encountered grave economic, racial, and legal difficulties due to their 'mixed blood'. A 1944 Survey of the University of Natal (Durban) yielded evidence that the Dunns and the Africans residing in the same reserve had suffered from the neglect and administrative inadequacies of the Department of Native Affairs. The Survey primarily concentrated on the effects of oppression and barely touched upon the underlying causes of racial and economic inequality. This case study attemps to link these causes to those divergent yet inseparable strands of underdevelopment and white segregationist ideology and application. Notes.