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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1956. Native Administration Amendment Act No 42

This is referred to as the BANTU ADMINISTRATION AMENDMENT ACT by Dugard (1978: 421).

According to the earlier NATIVE ADMINISTRATION ACT of 1927, the Governor-General could "banish a 'native' or 'tribe' from one area to another whenever he deemed this 'expedient or in the general public interest' " (Dyzenhaus 1991: 123, note 48). Since this was apparently applied without the 'natives' or 'tribes' being able to respond to the charges, which the South African courts found unfair, they invalidated the act. This amendment sought to rectify this little 'problem' (Dyzenhaus 1991: 123, note 48). See also the SUPPRESSION OF COMMUNISM AMENDMENT ACT of 1954 for a similar chain of events.

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