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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1806. Proclamation The British

"outlawed the slave trade .,. but allowed the settlers to retain and sell or buy their human property" (Simons & Simons 1969: 16). Apparently, then, human beings were no longer allowed to be captured and sold as slaves, although it seemingly allowed the ownership and buying/selling of 'human property'. Prohibition to own human property first became effective with the ABOLITION OF SLAVERY ACT of 1833.

"The supply of imported labour did not, however, completely stop after 1807; thus, for example, nearly 2,000 'Prize Negroes' were imported into the Colony between 1808 and 1816 and most of them apprenticed to colonists" (Marais 1938: 122, note 3).

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