1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email

African History Glossary -- Apartheid Laws

A glossary of Apartheid Legislation in South Africa.

Apartheid Legislation in South Africa
What makes South Africa's apartheid era different to segregation and racial hatred that have occurred in other countries is the systematic way in which the National Party, which came into power in 1948, formalised it through the law.

Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act No 55 of 1949
What was the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act No 55 of 1949?

Immorality Amendment Act No 21 of 1950
What was the Immorality Amendment Act No 21 of 1950

Population Registration Act No 30 of 1950
The Population Registration Act required South Africans to be identified and registered as belonging to one of four distinct racial groups. Find out more...

Group Areas Act No 41 of 1950
The Group Areas Act No 41 of 1950 forced physical separation between races by creating different residential areas for different races. Find out more…

Apartheid Era Laws: Suppression of Communism Act No 44 of 1950
What was the Suppression of Communism Act No 44 of 1950

Black (Bantu) Authorities Act No 68 of 1951
The Black Authorities Act No 68 of 1951 allowed for the creation of traditional tribal, regional and territorial authorities. Find out more…

Blacks (Abolition of Passes and Co-ordination of Documents) Act No 67 of 1952
Blacks (Abolition of Passes and Co-ordination of Documents) Act No 67 of 1952 required all black persons over the age of 16 to carry a reference (or pass) book at all times. Find out more...

Riotous Assemblies and Suppression of Communism Amendment Act No 15 of 1954
What was the Riotous Assemblies and Suppression of Communism Amendment Act No 15 of 1954?

Promotion of Bantu Self-Government Act No 46 of 1959
Promotion of Bantu Self-Government Act No 46 of 1959 allowed for the transformation of reserves into fully-fledged independent Bantustans. Find out more…

Unlawful Organisations Act No 34 of 1960
What was the Unlawful Organisations Act No 34 of 1960?

General Law Amendment Act No 37 of 1963
What was the General Law Amendment Act No 37 of 1963?

Transkei Constitution Act No 48 of 1963
The Transkei Constitution Act No 48 of 1963 created the first of South Africa's self-governing territories. Find out more…

Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967
The Terrorism Act allowed unlimited detention of anti-apartheid activists without appeal. Find out more...

Bantu Homelands Citizenship Act (National States Citizenship Act) No 26 of 1970
The Bantu Homelands Citizenship Act No 26 of 1970 required that all South African Blacks become citizens of one of the self-governing territories. Find out more…

Apartheid Era Laws: Bantu Homelands Constitution Act No 21 of 1971
The Bantu Homelands Constitution Act No 21 of 1971 increased the potential governmental powers of the self-governing homelands Find out more…

Identification Act No 72 of 1986
Identification Act No 72 of 1986 removed the requirement for Identity Numbers to reflect race. Find out more...

Restoration of South African Citizenship Act No 73 of 1986
The Apartheid Era Laws: Restoration of South African Citizenship Act No 73 of 1986 gave (or returned) South African citizenship to qualifying citizens of Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda, and Ciskei. Find out more…

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.