§ MR. COGHILL (Stoke-upon-Trent)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make representations to the Government of Natal as to the dissatisfaction in many districts of that colony amongst the white population, on account of the number of stock thefts which are committed by Kaffirs, and for which Kaffirs, when caught, receive no adequate punishment; and as to the insufficient protection afforded to white women from, criminal assaults and outrages at the hands of Kaffirs.
§ MR. LYTTELTON
I am not prepared to make such representations. I have 613 already pointed out that these matters rest with the responsible Government of Natal. If there is ground for the dissatisfaction to which the hon. Member refers, the matter would naturally be brought up in the local Legislature or by way of petition from the inhabitants addressed to the Government.
§ MR. COGHILL
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman was aware that the farmers, being unable to get adequate protection from their own Government, were contemplating a system of lynch law.
§ [No Answer was returned.]