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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1940. War Measures Act No 13

This gave the authorities "the power to intern suspects and enemy aliens... including powers to control supplies and curb industrial rest" (Davenport 1987: 330). This act also "made it possible for volunteers to offer their services anywhere in Africa [see the DEFENCE ACT of 1912]. Only white troops, however, were permitted to join combat units, the Coloured and African soldiers being confined to auxiliary services" (Davenport 1987: 330).

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