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Apartheid law repealed

13 October 2005

Restrictions on title deeds must be removed after the repeal of the Black Administration Act with the passing of the Repeal of Black Administration Act and Amendment of Certain Laws Bill according to Parliament's justice committee. The act, which dates back to 1927, granted extraordinary powers to officials for the management of black affairs including tribal councils and the allocation of land. It gave previous governments total control over black people, allowing the state to appoint or demote traditional leaders, and prevented black women from leasing or owning property.

Because it was impossible to get rid of the act in one go, it is to be repealed incrementally. Certain of the provisions could be repealed immediately while others will be substituted. Committee chairwoman Fatima Chohan said that problems would come from things that "we do not even know about at this point" and that it will contain a clause that says the registrar of deeds "must without charge remove any restrictive condition contained in a deed that was imposed by virtue of the operation of the act".

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Repeal of Black Administration Act and Amendment of Certain Laws Bill

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