Page 1, 17th June 1960

17th June 1960
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Page 1, 17th June 1960 — S. African bishop

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Locations: Natal, Durban


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S. African bishop

tells his city:


A. RADICAL proposal to extend some form of municipal franchise to all nonEuropeans living in Durban, Natal, has been put forward by Archbishop Hurley, O.M.I., of Durban through the South African Institute of Race Relations.

The idea of extending the municipal franchise to Indians (but not to Africans) was raised in 1947, when European electors in a referendum overwhelmingly rejected the proposal that Indians should elect two of their own race to the City Council.

Now, however, it Is thought that public opinion is swinging substantially towards giving non-Europeans a say in running the affairs of the city where they live. A leading article in the " Natal Mercury " is quoted as saying: " On moral grounds denial of any voice in the running of the city to a big majority of the inhabitants is indefensible, especially when it is remembered that the biggest race group pays rates and taxes on the same scale as do Europeans."

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