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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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1865. Natal Exemption Law

This "laid down that Africans desiring to be released from native law had to produce proof of literacy and take an oath of allegiance, whereupon the Lieutenant-Governor could admit them some of the privileges of citizenship at discretion" (Davenport 1987: 115).

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