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1936. Representation of Natives Act No 12

May (1995, index) refers to this as the NATIVES PARLIAMENTARY REPRESENTATION ACT, while Beinart (1994: 118+132) refers to it as NATIVE REPRESENTATION ACT.

With this act, "African voters in the Cape were removed from the common rolls on which they had been registered since 1854. Voting on a communal roll, they would elect three whites to the assembly, then consisting of 150 members elected by whites and a sprinkling of Coloured; and two whites to the provincial council. Chiefs, local councils, urban advisory boards and election committees in all provinces were to elect four whites to the senate by a system of block voting. The act also created a Native Representative Council of six white officials, four nominated and twelve elected Africans" (Simons & Simons 1969: 495).

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