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Title:F.S. Malan, the Cape Liberal Tradition in South African Politics, 1908-1924
Author:Kallaway, Peter
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:South Africa
political conditions
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180373
Abstract:The Cape 'liberal' tradition can be regarded as a particular approach to parliamentary government in the South African context, an important defining element being the attitude held by those who claimed to be adherents towards 'native policy' and the franchise. As Minister of Mines and Industries and effective Minister of Native Affairs, Malan was responsible for the passage of a comprehensive system of labour legislation between 1913 and 1924, linked to a new initiative in 'native policy' in urban areas. Malan's initiative however had its limitations and did not include the full social and economic, let alone the political implications of a multi-racial society, and was differing in tone rather than in substance from the politics of his colleages. In his defence of the Cape franchise, Malan sought to defend African citizenship right within a limited 'political' context. After 1918 he attempted a settlement of race and industrial problems, but even then, as a Cape 'liberal', he never challenged the basis of the status quo in South Africa. He was ousted from party politics after 1924 because he adhered to a political tradition different from that of the SAP and the National Party. Notes, summary.