HC Deb 14 March 1881 vol 259 cc906-7

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, What arrangements have been made for the future detention of Cetewayo; what amount of liberty will be granted to him; and, whether Her Majesty's Government will allow him to be joined by such members of his family as he may wish to have with him?


Sir, Cetewayo is now, and has been for more than a month, residing about four miles from Cape Town, on a farm, or small estate, of some 1,600 acres. He and his are free to range over this and the neighbouring location occupied by his neighbour, Langalibalele, from sunrise to sunset, as much as they please, and all the necessaries and comforts of life are supplied to them. Strangers will not be allowed to trespass on the location at their own pleasure; but all proper visitors will be able to obtain orders from the Secretary for Native Affairs. Four or more of Cetewayo's wives and a few followers, the number to be determined by the Cape Government in concurrence with that of Natal, are permitted to reside on the location. My noble Friend the Secretary of State for the Colonies long ago gave very positive orders as to the spirit in which the detention of Cetewayo was to be carried into effect. I read these to the House in reply to a Question of my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Stockport (Mr. Hopwood), and I think the House was quite satisfied as to their humanity.