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1894. Glen Grey Act

This "was designed to set a pattern of African land-holding throughout the Cape African reserves" (Davenport 1987: 181). It "imposed a labour tax and introduced individual land holdings" (Simons & Simons 1969: 43), and seems to have been aimed at Africans only (Marais 1938: 253, note 5). Together with "various other proclamations and enactments (which were to be extended and elaborated from time to time until the 1930s) [it] laid down the rule of one- man- one-plot in the reserves" (Wolpe 1972: 72). It further "excluded property ownership altogether as a voting qualification for blacks who held under Glen Grey title" (Davenport 1987: 108). See also the CAPE PARLIAMENTARY REGISTRATION ACT of 1887.

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