HC Deb 07 March 1881 vol 259 c419

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether Her Majesty's Government will reconsider the cases of Beje and other Zulus who, although residing in Zululand at the time of the outbreak of the late war, and therefore subject to the authority of the Zulu king, were tried and convicted in Natal on a charge of high treason, and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment?


Yes, Sir, the case will be re-considered, and carefully re-considered. Much correspondence has taken place about it, and it would have been settled before this if the state of things in South Africa had not made it undesirable to take final action at present. I may venture to correct a slight error in my hon. Friend's Question. These men were not residents in Zululand, but natives of Natal, who deliberately went over to the enemy after the war began.