What was decided upon in the national convention?

What was decided upon in the national convention?


  • The Queen of England was to be the overall head of the union.

  • The union government was to be headed by the Governor General appointed by the Queen of England.
  • An elected Prime Minister was to assist the Governor General
  • It was made clear that the union government was to be under the British government but the Boers were given subordinate (lower) positions.
  • The governor was to be assisted by ten ministers.
  • The executive capital of the Union was to be located in Pretoria; capital Transvaal.
  • The four colonies were to become provinces of the union of South Africa.

  • One union parliament was to be established to discuss the political issues of South Africa. However, non – whites were excluded from this parliament.
  • The parliament was to have two chambers that is the house of assembly and the senate.
  • The senate members were to serve for only 10 years while members of the assembly 5 years.
  • The cape was to be a parliament city while he Supreme Court for the union was to be established with headquarters at Bloemfontein in Orange Free State.
  • Pretoria the capital of Transvaal was to become the executive capital.
  • The Orange River Colony was to be changed to Orange Free State.

  • Africans were not to seat in the union parliament and were to be made second class citizens in south Africa
  • A unitary form of government was to be was to be established in the union.
  • Rich and educated non – whites in the Cape Province were to be allowed to vote but parliamentary representation of cape was reserved for whites only.
  • English and Afrikaans were to be equal in South Africa as official languages
  • The British and the Boers were to become equal in the new union.


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