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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1963. Transkei Constitution Act No 48

This act set up the first 'self-governing' homeland government, namely that of Transkei (Lapping 1986: 193ft).

It "provided for a legislative assembly to exercise control over finance, justice, interior, education, agriculture and forestry, and roads and works. The Republican government retains control, inter alia, over defence, external affairs, internal security, postal and related services, railways, immigration, currency, banking and customs. It need hardly be stressed that this arrangement in no way approaches political independence. At the same time it must not be overlooked that within limits, set both by the Constitution and the available resources, the Transkeian government exercises real administrative power" (Wolpe 1972: 85). See also the BANTU HOMELANDS CONSTITUTIONS ACT of 1971.

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