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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33 No. 14. 1970

Horror of the 1930s

Horror of the 1930s

The fate of the inmates of these camps is now so well-known, so horrifying(that one need not here detail the tortures and suffering of the victims When the laws of the country are subjugated to the wishes of those in power and they are the sole judges of what is in the interest of the security of the State, and what is in the interest of all the citizens of the State, the horror of what was Germany in the 1930's is inevitable. Those who grant these supreme powers cannot after wards is plead their innocence. They cannot say it was not intended, and they must be held responsible for the natural consequences of their acts.

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Brief reference has been made above to the similarities between Hitler's Germany and South Africa. A more detailed examination follows:

Whilst the Republic of South Africa Constitution Act No. 32 of 1961 provides in Section 59 that Parliament shall be the sovereign legislative authority in and over the Republic, it shall have the full power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Republic. The legislature in South Africa is supreme and its acts cannot be challenged in any Court of law as unconstitutional. However, in respect of Africans the State President is himself the Supreme Legislative authority and has the power of Parliament itself. The State President is given powers of legislation, in African areas, equal to those of Parliament, and it is competent for him to repeal the Common Law or any Statute Law (Section 25(1) of the Bantu Administration Act No. 38 of 1927, as amended).