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 Form 3 History and Government Lessons on Colonial Administration

Crown colony rule used by the british in south africa and why the settlers favoured crown colony over merger with south africa.

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Crown colony Rule used by the British in South Africa
Why the settlers favoured crown colony over merger with South Africa.
a) The merger would have led to domination by Afrikaners in their political matters.
b) Their economic interests would have been neglected in favour of those of Afrikaners.
-As a crown colony, a Governor was appointed in 1923 to represent the Queen of England. British government was empowered by the constitution to veto any legislation that would discriminate against Africans.
-For example, the government formulated the Two-Pyramids Policy or parallel development policy characterized by discrimination against Africans. At ----the base of the pyramid was the majority Africans relegated to offering cheap labour for the white settlers. At the apex was the minority whites who took the highest positions in the economic and political system.
-To legitimize the two pyramids policy were two Acts that were passed in 1930 and 1934.