Natives (Prohibition of Interdicts) Act, 1956

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Natives (Prohibition of Interdicts) Act, 1956
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Parliament of South Africa
CitationAct No. 64 of 1956
Enacted byParliament of South Africa
Royal assent15 June 1956
Commenced22 June 1956
Repealed1 July 1986
Repealed by
Abolition of Influx Control Act, 1986
Status: Repealed

Natives (Prohibition of Interdicts) Act, Act No 64 of 1956, formed part of the apartheid system of racial segregation in South Africa. It deprived Africans of the right to appeal to the courts by means of an interdict or any legal process against forced removals.[1]

Content of the Act[edit]

The following is a brief description of the sections of the Natives (Prohibition of Interdicts) Act[2]:

Section 1

Defined the meanings of common words within the Act.

Section 2

Defines that the execution of some orders of court would not be able to be stayed or suspended by means of legal processes. This applied to orders to vacate, to be removed or arrested and detained to or from an area.

Section 3

Defines that any stay or suspension of a court order to which the Act applies, especially prior to Act, would have no force and effect and would lapse.

Section 4

Defines the compensation to be repaid for actual loss to a Native who obtained the order of court and has since been declared invalid.

Section 5

Defines the Governor-General will proclaim in the Government Gazette, to which type of orders the Act will apply too and from what date.

Section 6

Defined the name of the Act and when it comes into operation.


  1. ^ "Legislation: 1950s". South African History Online. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Natives (Prohibition of Interdicts) Act" (PDF). Digital Innovation South Africa. 22 June 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2019.