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1946. Asiatic Land Tenure & [Indian] Representation Act No 28

Dugard (1978: 421) uses "Indian" while most other authors do not.

Together with the TRADING OF OCCUPATION & LAND (TRANSVAAL & NATAL) ACT of 1943, this act "sought to confine Asian ownership and occupation of land to certain clearly defined areas of towns" (Christopher 1994: 41). It also prohibited Asians "from owning or occupying property without a permit when such property had not been owned or occupied by Asians before 1946" (Dugard 1978: 80).

Furthermore, it "granted Transvaal and Natal Indians the right to elect Whites to represent them in Parliament and for Natal Indian to represent themselves in the National Provincial Council" (Riley 1991: 119). However, "after this token representation had been rejected by the Indian people themselves" (Dugard 1978: 100), it was soon repealed by the ASIATIC LAWS AMENDMENT ACT of 1948.

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