14 NOVEMBER 1958, Page 6

DR. VERWOERD - S remarks on the sort of majority that he

thinks would be needed to turn Soutb Africa into a republic made good reading. Accord- ing ing to The Times report, he has come to the cor elusion that the acceptable numerical majority was related to the degree of honesty with which the struggle over a republic was fought. If false propaganda led people to oppose who would otherwise be in favour of a republic, then, natur- ally, the Nationalist Party would have to consider what majority was necessary to indicate the true Volksivil in the circumstances.' To avoid confus- ing the electorate, would it not be better to declare all? true Vo/kswi/ without having an election at ?