"Is u ten gunste van 'n Republiek vir die Unie?" Are you in favour of a Republic for the Union?
LV. People queuing at polling station Rivonia, Johannesburg.
SV. Women queuing with polling posters in BG.
GV. House with sign on gate.
CU. Sign 'Gone to vote (For the Queen)'.
GV. Voters cars on way to polling station.
SV. Queue outside another polling station, newspaper man with Nationalist paper with big 'Yes' on front page.
CU. Voters moving in queue.
LV.PAN.Voters waiting outside city drill hall.
SV. Natives without a vote looking on from opposite side of road.
CU. Nationalist placard 'Keep South Africa White, etc'.
GV. Voters outside Mayfair polling station.
SV. Ditto, and various posters.
CU. Polling station worker hands voter his number for voting.
SV. Premier Verwoerd waiting in queue at Rissik polling station in Pretoria.
SCU. Premier Verwoerd at polling desk in booth.
SCU. Premier Verwoerd casting his vote.
SV.EXT.Women shaking hands with Premier Verwoerd.
EDITORS: FOR FILM OF PREMIER VERWOERD'S SPEECH REFER PROD.NO. 6379/60
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Background: "Is u ten gunste van 'n Republiek vir die Unie?" Are you in favour of a Republic for the Union? That was the question the whites of the Union of South Africa had to find an answer to Oct 5 in the national referendum with a one-word reply: Yes/Ja or No/Nee.
In Johannesburg, as elsewhere in the Union and in its vast neighbouring territory of South West Africa, queues formed outside the polling stations well before opening time at 7 a.m.
Inside voters marked on their vote card an I alongside the answer Yes or No. 'Die Transvaler', the Afrikaans nationalist daily, gave its answer with a gaint Yes and I in blue on the front page.
After weeks of frenzied campaigning by both parties, the ruling Nationalists and the Opposition United Party, voting was heavy.
But it was a day of decision for only the 1,800,000 Whites in a total population of 14 million. By next day their vote indicated strong support for a republic.
Prime Minister Dr. Verwoerd the man likely to become first President, took a Government victory for granted on the eve of the vote, saying the date of the republic's proclamation would be decided during the next session of Parliament. As President he would replace the monarch, Queen Elizabeth of England.
Final results were expected Oct 7.