A parade by school children at the Johannesburg Milner Park Show ground, marked the start of the South African celebrations on the birth of the new Republic, May 30.
GV Children line up with Republic banner in stadium.
GV Children with letters "South Africa".
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Background: A parade by school children at the Johannesburg Milner Park Show ground, marked the start of the South African celebrations on the birth of the new Republic, May 30. On May 31, Mr. Charles Swart was sworn in as the first President in a simple ceremony held in Pretoria, the capital.
Over sixty bus loads of children of all ages arrived at the Johannesburg stadium, including school cadets. Carrying banners and flags they marched to the music of a military band and the cheers of other students. After marching round the ground the children sang national songs in both English and Afrikaans.
At the Pretoria inauguration ceremony large crowds stood in the rain in Church Square and heard President Swart deliver his first address as Head of State. After paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth, he warned that South Africa claimed the right to settle her domestic policies without interference from any quarter.
The three-day strike called by African leaders in protest against the Republic turned out a failure. Heavy units of police and troops were out in force in the African townships in all the main cities to protect all those who wished to go to work.
From three African states the Republic has received a critical welcome. The United Arab Republic broke off diplomatic relations with South Africa, May 30. Ghana has followed the U.A.R. lead and liberia has ordered a political and commercial boycott.