n Historia - Crossing the Borders of Power : The Memoirs of Colin Eglin, Colin Eglin
View from a contemporary : book feature

Volume 53, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author Clive Van Ryneveld
  • Source : Historia, Volume 53, Issue 1, May 2008, p. 234 - 235
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
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    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



It is not often that the memoirs of a politician who was never in the governing party of a country can be of such historical interest as those of Colin Eglin. He has been close to virtually all the important political events in South Africa since the Nationalists came to power in 1948. His story includes in particular the formation of the Progressive Party in 1959, after the introduction of H.F. Verwoerd's Bantustan policy had obliged the United Party to define its alternative proposals. At its national congress in Bloemfontein, the United Party supported reactionary resolutions put forward by Douglas Mitchell and others, partly against the recommendation of its leader, Sir De Villiers Graaff, and 12 of its members of parliament resigned from the party, including Eglin, Helen Suzman, Doctor Steytler and Zach de Beer. They were followed soon after by Harry Lawrence, who had been a minister in General Smuts' cabinet.

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