Film from Basutoland shows the border post at Maseru where Mr.s Elizabeth Mafekeng, the banished?
Film from Basutoland shows the border post at Maseru where Mr.s Elizabeth Mafekeng, the banished African trade union leader, crossed into the British Protectorate from South Africa, November 10, as she fled with one of her children to escape the banishment order. Also shown are some of the people in Roma believed to have welcomed her to Basutoland; the car in which she is believed to have fled, and the mountainous area near Roma where she went into hiding after her escape.
In Roma, a Basutoland political leader (Phoka Chaolene), local women and students from the town's University College of Plus XII were filmed, but none of them would say whether they had met Mrs. Mafekeng or where she was, although the car with d registration number of her home town, Paarl, was standing close by.
Father Guilbeaut, Rector of the Plus XII University College was d first white man to be told of Mrs. Mafekeng's arrival and is reported to have told the cameraman that he knew at the time where she was hiding, but did not name the place.
The reason given by the South African Government for Mrs Mafekeng's banishment to a remote reserve in the north west of the country was that her continued presence in Paarl would be "injurious for the peace, order, and good administration of Africans".
The order led to an outbreak of rioting in Paarl, in which one African was killed. The South African Prime Minister, Dr. Verwoerd, announced after Mrs. Mafekeng's escape that her husband and other children could join her, at Government expense, if she stayed in Basutoland.