HC Deb 08 March 1881 vol 259 cc541-2

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether the suggestion which the late Colonial Minister made to the Cape Government, in a Despatch dated October 2nd 1879, that the term of indenture-ship for adult male Kaffirs captured in war should be limited to one year has been acted upon; or whether it be true that since the date of that Despatch Kaffir prisoners have been indentured for a much longer period?


Sir, in reply to my hon. Friend, I have to say that no Act amending the existing laws of master and servant passed the Legislature of the Cape Colony during the late Session, so my answer to the first part of his Question is in the negative. In reply to the second part, I have to say that no information has reached us, but that we shall immediately inquire.