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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1961. General Laws Amendment Act

This allowed "for the detention of persons for twelve days without bail", according to Fine & Davis (1990: 227). "It gave the minister of justice and attorney general far-reaching powers to refuse bail to anyone for 12 days after their arrest and to dispense with trial by jury for those accused of attempting or committing arson or murder" (Riley 1991: 75). See also the GENERAL LAWS AMENDMENT ACT of 1963.

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