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4.0 out of 5 stars Where is South A frica in this series?, 25 Jan. 2006
This review is from: The British Empire In Colour [DVD] (DVD)
A very good series, and the colour really does bring it to life. However, one of the most interesting countries in the whole story of the British Empire, South Africa, whose tortured imperial history was only really resolved in 1994, is strangely missing. There are a couple of tantalising bits of it in the "making of the documentary" extra, but nothing else. This to my mind is a serious omission. However, what is included of the rest of the British Empire is first rate and well worth watching.
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Initial post: 28 Sep 2008 13:05:43 BDT
B. J. Morris says:
It does seem strange that South Africa has been ommited with many things. The Boers did suffer till independence.The Boers lost about a quarter of the population mostly women and children and even after independance they had nothing as all their crops and farm houses were burned during the war. In 1905 the Boers signed the treaty of Vereniging with Britain granting independance. The tearms of independence stated that the South Africans must protect Brithish sovereignity which was clear to Jan Smuts and hence South Africa aided Britain in both world wars. South African was a teenage country at the time of the 2nd world war but contributed a great deal and lost many pilots Naval boats soldiers in all theatres of war right from the battle of Britain,East Africa, North Africa,Italy, D day landings,Madagascar. Many countries remained neutral but the tearms of independence were clear that is why South Africa helped Britain. You will actually find that very little is mentioned about South African involvement during the war on documentary videos as well. It definatly seems as though these people who make these documentaries want to deny certain history. Perhaps they have somthing to hide or dont want the general public to know.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 11:53:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2013 12:13:39 GMT
It may have something to do with the fact that since the end of white minority rule in 1994 there have been more than 5,000 South African whites (men, women and children) murdered during farm attacks, in what has become the murder capital of the world? AfriForum Wed, 16 Jan 2013 8:41 AM. Quote:-

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa remains silent on farm attacks to an extent that borders on collusion, AfriForum said on Tuesday. "The minister's silence on the scourge of farm attacks is a disgrace," the civil rights organisation's deputy chief executive Ernst Roets said in a statement. "If the minister is serious about the protection of South Africans, he would have declared farm attacks a priority crime years ago."
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