Bantu Authorities Act, 1951

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Bantu Authorities Act, 1951
Parliament of South Africa
  • Act to provide for the establishment of certain Bantu authorities and to define their functions, to abolish the Natives Representative Council, to amend the Native Affairs Act, 1920, and the Representation of Natives Act, 1936, and to provide for other incidental matters.
CitationAct No. 68 of 1951
Enacted byParliament of South Africa
Royal assent27 June 1951
Commenced17 July 1951
Repealed31 December 2010
Administered byMinister of Native Affairs
Repealed by
Black Authorities Act Repeal Act, 2010
Status: Repealed

The Bantu Authorities Act, 1951 (Act No. 68 of 1951; subsequently renamed the Black Authorities Act, 1951) was to give authority to Traditional Tribal Leader within their traditional tribal homelands in South Africa. This legislation, succeeding the Native Affairs Act (Act No. 23 of 1920), created the legal basis for Self Determination of the various ethnic and linguistic tribes into traditional homeland reserve areas and established tribal, regional and territorial authorities. This Act was augmented by the Bantu Homelands Citizens Act of 1970.

The law established a basis for ethnic government in African homeland reserve areas. All political rights (including voting) held by Africans were restricted to the designated homeland.[1]

Many years after the end of apartheid, and with a new framework for traditional leadership present in South African governance, the act became obsolete, and it was formally repealed in 2010, 59 years after it was enacted

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  1. ^ "The History of Apartheid in South Africa". Retrieved 25 April 2017.