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CAPETOWN, March 28. In the Assembly, the Minister of the Interior! in moving the second reading of the* Enemy Repatriation and Denaturalisation Bil, said there were 2358 enemy subjects and seventeejftnaturalised persons under detention. There were 584 who voluntarily desired repatriation, making a t0ta1,... with their, families, of 1204, also 444 who had not acquired a domicile and about 150 who displayed such hostility as to be a danger to the peace pf the Union. The bill did hot interfere with enemy subjects who had never been interned or had been relased before a given date. The Minister emphasised the point that the Bill was the outcome of the German atrocities;;.and declared that it would be a great injustice to turn all the Germans out of South .Africa in view of the encouragement' -given in earlier years for ; , settlement .by ; Germans, many of whose descendants had given their lives side by side with the Allies. The Government declined to give way to the English clamour for all Germans to be repatriated,, and equally opposed the Dutch demand not ft> legislate against them. The question of the entry of German or other; enemy subjects into , South Africa could dealt with till peace was signed. The Nationalists strongly- opposed the Bill on the grounds that it was unnecessary and likely to cause trouble. The Hon. J. X. Merriman declared the Bill to be one in the direction of safety. The sole object of Germany during the next decade would be .to have revenge by inciting every part of the British and French Empires aJid America to revolt. No opportunity should be given Germany for the hostile penetration of South Africa. The debate was adjourned.

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ENEMY ALIENS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919

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ENEMY ALIENS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919