Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, 1949

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Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, 1949
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Act to prohibit marriages between Europeans and non-Europeans, and to provide for matters incidental thereto.
Citation Act No. 55 of 1949
Enacted by Parliament of South Africa
Date of Royal Assent 1 July 1949
Date commenced 8 July 1949
Date repealed 19 June 1985
Amendments
Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Amendment Act, 1968
Repealing legislation
Immorality and Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Amendment Act, 1985
Related legislation
Immorality Act
Status: Repealed

The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, Act No 55 of 1949, was an apartheid law in South Africa that prohibited marriages between people of different races. It was among the first pieces of apartheid legislation to be passed following the National Party's rise to power in 1948. Subsequent legislation, especially the Population Registration and Immorality Acts of 1950, facilitated its implementation by requiring all individuals living in South Africa to register as a member of one of four officially defined racial groups and prohibiting extramarital sexual relationships between people of different races.

Legislative history[edit]

In the three years before its enactment, mixed marriages accounted for just 0.23% of all marriages in the country.[1]

The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Amendment Act of 1968 updated the original legislation to invalidate interracial marriages involving a South African citizen that were contracted in other countries.

The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act was repealed by the Immorality and Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Amendment Act of 1985, which was passed during the presidency of P. W. Botha.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Boddy-Evans, Alistair (2010). "African History". 
  2. ^ Johnson, Shaun (1989). South Africa: no turning back. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-35395-5. 

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