The referendum has been sparingly used in matters of local concern.
In 1902 thirteen amendments were adopted, including provisions for the initiative, the referendum and the recall.
On a referendum, 685,969 electors 1866.
But there has been considerable interference (ostensibly on humanitarian grounds) with the Jewish method of slaughtering animals for food (Shehitah) and the method was prohibited by a referendum in 1893.
In June the referendum on union was taken in Natal, and resulted in a complete rout of the separatists.