Heralding the Republic of South Africa, the Union Parliament, Cape Town, opened in Queen Elizabeth's name for the last time, Jan 20.
Heralding the Republic of South Africa, the Union Parliament, Cape Town, opened in Queen Elizabeth's name for the last time, Jan 20. Some 10,000 people lined the route to watch the Queen's representative, Governor-General C.R. Swart, drive through the City for the opening to the strains of "Voice of South Africa", the anthem replacing "God Save the Queen".
Detachments of the Armed Forces formed an escort for the arrival of Government members; they included Justice Minister Erasmus; Finance Minister Donges (pron: Daynjess); Lands Minister Sauer; Premier Verwoerd; Bantu Administration Minister de Wet Nel; and Agricultural Minister le Roux.
In his last speech from the throne, Governor-General Swart said South Africa would ask to stay in the Commonwealth after the proclamation of the republic in May. The request would be made by the Premier at the forthcoming Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference in London.
Legislation was being introduced Jan 23 to transform the Union in a republic. The next Parliament will be opened by a President chosen by Parliament.