HC Deb 11 April 1889 vol 335 c221
MR. WALTER M'LAREN (Cheshire, Crewe)

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Colonial Office had received any report from Sir A. Havelock respecting the case of a Zululand Magistrate who, in December last, inflicted the punishment of 25 lashes in three instances upon Zulus for the offence of continuing to plant in their maize gardens after the gardens had been given to Zibabu, and whose action in flogging these men the Resident Commissioner was reluctantly compelled to pronounce illegal; and whether the offending Magistrate had been still left in authority in Zululand?


This case was reported on the 17th January by the Governor, who stated that he was then making arrangements for relieving the Magistrate in question, who was acting temporarily in the absence of the regular Magistrate. There is no ground for the allegation that the Resident Commissioner acted with reluctance; the records of the case show that he dealt with the matter promptly and on his own initiative.