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1906. Transvaal Asiatic Law Amendment Act

Simons & Simons (1969: 71) refer to this as the ASIATIC LAW AMENDMENT ACT (also, 'BLACK ORDINANCE' of 1906), while Lapping (1986: 83) refers to it as the TRANSVAAL LAW AMENDMENT ORDINANCE of 1906. Davenport (1987: 233) refers to it as the TRANSVAAL REGISTRATION LAW of 1906.

Basically it was an extension of the pass laws, specifically aimed at Asians. ,," "Every male Asian had to register himself and produce on demand a thumb-printed certificate of identity. Unregistered persons and prohibited immigrants could be deported without a right of appeal" (Simons & Simons 1969: 71).

It was repealed by the British government during the same year (after some lobbying by a delegation led by Mahatma Gandhi), but it was re-enacted in 1908 (Davenport 1987: 233). One of the variant names could of course refer to the 1908 re-enactment.

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