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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1912. Defence Act

This "provided for a completely autonomous defence force, limited to military operations in any part of South Africa whether within or outside the Union" (Davenport 1987: 256). It "was principally [Prime Minister] Smuts's [sic!] creation" (May 1995: 154).

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