Were there ever plans to make Lesotho and Swaziland parts of South Africa?
#94112. Asked by author. (Mar 30 08 8:04 AM)
When the Union of South Africa was founded in 1910 the colony (future Lesotho) was still controlled by the British and moves were made to transfer it to the Union. However the people of Basutoland opposed this and when the South African Nationalist party put its apartheid policies into place the possibility of annexation was halted.
Over Swazi royal protest, the South African Republic with British concurrence established incomplete colonial rule over the Swaziland from 1894 to 1899, when they withdrew their administration with the start of the Anglo-Boer War.
In 1902 British forces entered the territory, proclaiming British overrule and jurisdiction in 1903, initially as part of the Transvaal. In 1906 Swaziland was separated administratively when the Transvaal Colony was granted responsible government.
In 1921, after more than 20 years of regency headed by Queen Regent Labotsibeni, Sobhuza II became Ngenyama (lion) or head of the Swazi nation. In the early years of colonial rule, the British expected that Swaziland would eventually be incorporated into South Africa. After World War II, however, South Africa's intensification of racial discrimination induced the United Kingdom to prepare Swaziland for independence.
Find something useful here? Please help us spread the word about FunTrivia. Recommend this page below!