The system of forced labour whereby a person, usually a former slave or the child of a slave, was indentured to serve a particular master for a fixed period; inboeking, see inboek.
1816G. Barker Journal. 6 Jan.Three children of one of the men, he said, were apprenticed to his late master, but without stating to him the nature of the apprenticeship, or the reason why he kept them, or even asking his consent.
1836Ordinance 3 inCape of G.H. Govt Gaz. 3 June 2And be it further enacted, that..such Apprenticeship is to continue in force until the Child, if Male, shall have attained the Age of Twenty-one Years, and, if Female, until such Female shall have attained the age of Twenty-one Years, or shall be married..except in such case in which it shall be considered expedient by the..Commissioners to limit the Apprenticeship to a shorter period.
1892W.L. DistantNaturalist in Tvl 25The poor wretches have often been bound to an apprenticeship of 21 years (which they did not comprehend), any attempts to escape being met with savage floggings and shootings.
1951H. DaviesGreat S. Afr. Christians 14The new Ordinance either removed or mitigated such disadvantages as: the legal disability to hold land, the pass system, summary imprisonment, and forced labour and apprenticeship.
1973J. MeintjesVoortrekkers 55The Boers liked the system of apprenticeship and were to maintain it for years to come, but the British refused to see this as anything but glorified slavery, and were to make this accusation for decades.
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