Jan Smuts (right), Prime Minister of South Africa from September 5th 1939 – 4 June 1948. South Africa entered the war on September 6th 1939. This photo was taken in June 1944 with British PM Winston Churchill. http://www.challis.me.uk/id3.html
Republic Day; South Africa; May 31; Also called Union Day. On May 31, 1961, the Republic of South Africa was established, severing its ties to the British Commonwealth. Also, on May 31, 1910, the Union of South Africa was established, uniting the various South African colonies. And May 31, 1902, was the formal ending of the Boer War, which began on Oct. 12, 1899.
May 28, 1948– Daniel Francois Malan defeats Jan Smuts and becomes Prime Minister of South Africa, ushering in the era of apartheid, which is finally dismantled by F W de Klerk in 1994. Jan Christiaan Smuts