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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1934. Slums Act

This act "was applied for demolition of various inner but dilapidated suburbs ... The displaced Black populations were largely rehoused in segregated mono- racial municipal housing estates on the urban periphery" (Christopher 1994: 38). Thus, by proclaiming certain non-White areas as 'slums', these areas could be condemned and people moved with overtly 'non-racial' motives.

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