African Labour in Natal: Attempts at Coercion and Control 1893-1903.

Uma Dhupelia

Abstract


The year 1893 marks the inauguration of the responsible government era in Natal when the White settler community attained the right to elect a government from their own ranks to represent their interests. It was no secret that one of the objects behind the protracted struggle for constitutional reform was the desire to obtain control of "Native policy". The tale of settler aspirations and the pressures placed on the African population in the 1890s and 1900s has been dealt with in several secondary works. This article proposes to examine just one of the issues in the first ten years of the responsible government period namely, the labour question.

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