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Title:Divided against Itself: South Africa's White Polity
Author:Orlik, Peter B.
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:National Party
Ethnic and Race Relations
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/159384
Abstract:The referendum of 6 October 1960, held to determine vhether or not the (White) populace wished South Africa to become a republic, probably constituted one of the best indices of the relative strength of Afrikaner and non-Afrikaner elements among South Africa's ruling White polity. The dichotomy within the White elite - Afrikaners and non-Afrikaners; Nationalist Party and United Party - and the friction which still sustains it have their roots in the late nineteenth century, when the Briton vanquished the Boer. Now, with the situation largely reversed, the animosities remain. In no issue were the two groups more polarised than on the question of the Republic and the associated issue of Commonwealth membership. On 31 May 1961 the Union within the Commonwealth became a Republic outside it. In June 1962 the Commonwealth Relations Bill was passed. After a description of the government structure and of the political parties follows a review of political development since the provincial elections of March 1965. Notes.