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By John S. Reshetar Jr.

Whereas now not having fun with really the literary advantages or richness of Leonard Schapiro's contemporary e-book at the related topic (noted right here July 1960), this can be a very capable and well-grounded therapy of the tangled and hard heritage of the C.P.S.U.

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Held in the Britzius Hall, Johannesburg in July I 953, the main purpose of the gathering was to adopt the constitution- adapted from that of the Liberal Association drawn up by Professor Ben Beinart- to elect office-bearers and formulate policies. It was, of course, the Franchise Commission, chaired by Beinart, which provoked the most debate: not yet between immediate universal adult suffrage and a qualified franchise, but between the former as the aim, opposed to the franchise as a privilege permanently limited to those with the requisite qualifications.

Others, like Ralph Aitchison, a leading figure among ex-servicemen, and Dr Ted Keen, accepted the logic of it and stayed the course, while Dr Zach de Beer and Colin Eglin saw a better future with the UP. On 25 March 1953, the Durban and Pietermaritzburg groups came together to form a region of the South African Liberal Association. Alan Paton was elected Chairman and Peter Brown Secretary, beginning a partnership which was to be resumed, to the Liberal Party's great gain, with Paton President and Brown National Chairman, in time to come.

More agreeable were the reports coming from abroad. s Further launching meetings were held in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Port Elizabeth and, of all the press reports, the Natal Daily News editorial came closest to reality. A sympathetic account of the Durban meeting categorized the 450 present in the Bolton Hall, approvingly, as one-third each African, Indian and White, commenting also on both the representativeness of each group and the high calibre of the whites present. The report was headlined 'QUALIFIED FRANCHISE URGED BY PATON AT FIRST LIBERAL MEETING IN DURBAN'.

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