Urban Bantu Councils Act, 1961

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Urban Bantu Councils Act, 1961
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Act to provide for the establishment of urban Bantu councils, the conferring on certain Bantu of civil and criminal jurisdiction in urban areas, the establishment of community guards in certain areas, and matters incidental thereto, and to amend the Natives (Urban Areas) Consolidation Act, 1945.
Citation Act No. 79 of 1961
Enacted by Parliament of South Africa
Date assented to 30 June 1961
Date commenced 7 July 1961
Date repealed 29 July 1977
Administered by Minister of Bantu Administration and Development
Repealing legislation
Community Councils Act, 1977
Status: Repealed

The Urban Bantu Councils Act, Act No 79 of 1961, formed part of the apartheid system of racial segregation in South Africa. It replaced the Advisory Boards created earlier by the Natives Urban Areas Act of 1923, and permitted democratic election of new municipal councils with African chairmen which were assigned some administrative duties.[1]


  1. ^ O’Malley, Padraig. "1961. Urban Bantu Councils Act No 79". Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Dialogue. Retrieved 3 May 2010.