The plague at Cape Town: Removing natives from an insanitary quarter
Owing to the appearance of the plague at the Cape, strong measures had to be taken to render the town as sanitary as possible. In one district of the Uitvenge Forest Reserve a proclamation was issued declaring that all natives not provided with official permission to remain were to be removed to the native location. In pursuance of this order preparations were made to the immediate transfer of those intended for a season to be isolated. Horstley Street being the worst in the neighbourhood, and the most in need of cleansing, its tenants received first attention. Between 800 and 1,000 men, women and children were collected together, and marched, under an escort of armed mounted police, a company of the Depot Battalion, a a company of the Town Guard, to the Early Morning Market Railway Siding. They were followed by a large crowd, the coloured section of which viewed the proceedings with great disfavour.
The Graphic 13 April 1901
Dr David Biggins
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