Jewish Member of Parliament Elected in Cape Town Unopposed: Member of General Smuts’ Party

Mr. Morris Alexander, K.C., formerly member of Parliament for the Castle Division of Cape Town, has been returned unopposed at the bye-election in the Woods tock Division of Cape Town, where the vacancy was created by the recent death of Mr. Eli Buirski, who was also a Jew.

Mr. Alexander sat in Parliament previously as an Independent, but this time he stood as a candidate of the South African Party, the Opposition Party, which is led by the former Premier, General Smuts.

Advocate Morris Alexander is one of the leading Jewish communal workers in the country, and a prominent figure in the South African Jewish Board of Deputies.

At the time of the outcry in South African Jewry in November against the threat made by the Minister of the Interior, Dr. Malan, to hit back at the Jewish opponents of the Immigration Quota Law by awakening anti-Jewish hatred, Advocate Morris Alexander said to the J.T.A. representative in Cape Town that as a people who belong as such to no political party, the Jews resent the threat directed against them by Dr. Malan. The Jews are free citizens in a free country, he declared, and they are entitled to express their opinion freely and to vote freely. The Jews are just as much interested as are other South Africans, he said, in keeping undesirables out of the country.

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