HC Deb 18 April 1904 vol 133 cc366-7

To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that a proclamation has recently been issued by the Commissioner of Police in Johannesburg to the effect that no coolies or natives shall he allowed to walk on the sidewalks of the streets; and will he say whether this order has the sanction of His Majesty's Government, and, if so, for what reason.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Lyttelton.) A provision against natives using the footpaths is contained in the tariff bylaws issued under a notice dated 7th March. This regulation is in accordance with what has been the local law for many years, and is subject to the instructions to the police to enforce the same with discretion.