n Journal for Contemporary History - Generaal J.C.G. Kemp, 1934-1939 : republikein of nie?

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



In the current political situation in South Africa we find that members of a certain political party leave its ranks to join another party - this happens without much ado. Politicians easily swop their political ideals for others - this has become common political practice. In the earlier political history of South Africa it was a different story. The establishment of the United South African Party in 1934 united General JBM Hertzog's National Party and General JC Smuts' South African Party. The Nationalists under Dr DF Malan was of the opinion that the fusion of "nationalism" and "imperialism", being the outlook of the two different united groups, would not be successful. This would also require the nationalistic and republican icon, Genl. JCG Kemp, who sided with Hertzog, to become "converted". His tough republican view had to change. The question can be posed: did he change or not?

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