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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1914. Riotous Assemblies & Criminal Law Amendment Act No 27

According to Simons & Simons (1969: 430), this amendment aimed to "curb rebellious white workers". It allowed "the Government ... to establish a special criminal court, comprising two or three judges of the Supreme Court sitting without a jury, to try a person charged with treason, sedition, or public violence" (Dugard 1978: 231). "The sentencing power of the court was fixed by the INDEMNITY & SPECIAL TRIBUNALS ACT 11 of 1915" (Dugard 1978: 229, note 74).

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