n Historia - 'De Ordonnantie (is) eene doode letter'- Die 1871 Transvaalse ondersoek na die handel in vuurwapens met swartes

Volume 46, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author J.S. Bergh
  • Source : Historia, Volume 46, Issue 2, Nov 2001, p. 327 - 344
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
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    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



"De Ordonnantie (is) een doode letter" - The 1871 Transvaal investigation into trade in Firearms with Africans Trade in firearms with Africans was a central issue in the history of southern Africa in the 19th century. In the South African Republic (ZAR) a number of measures were taken from an early stage to prevent this kind of trade - notably the Proclamation of 24 March 1858. When the question of whether the proclamation should be repealed was put to those who testified before the 1871 Transvaal commission a variety of responses were received. Commandant General Paul Kruger and his supporters supported the perpetuation of this restriction. Those who favoured the termination of the proclamation argued that it was not possible to carry out its stipulations, that it discriminated against "friendly" African communities. Due to the unstable situation in the ZAR in November 1871 the Volksraad decided to postpone a decision on this until its next session. This, however, effectively stalled the matter for many years. End

'De Ordonnantie (is) eene doode letter' - Die 1871 Transvaalse ondersoek na die handel in vuurwapens met swartes Handel in vuurwapens met swartmense was 'n belangrike aangeleentheid in die geskiedenis van suidelike Afrika gedurende die 19de eeu. In die Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) is vanaf 'n vroeë stadium 'n aantal maatreëls ingestel om dié handel te voorkom - veral die Proklamasie van 24 Maart 1858 deur die staatspresident. Verskeie faktore het egter daartoe bygedra dat dié handel voortgesit is. Toe die vraag of die 1858-proklamasie herroep moes word aan getuies voor die 1871-Transvaalse kommissie gestel is, is 'n verskeidenheid reaksies ontvang. End

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