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Usually in the phrase race classification: the official registration of a person as a member of a particular racial group, as defined by the Population Registration Act of 1950. Also attributive.See also re-classification (re-classify).
1950Act 30 inStat. of Union 279If at any time it appears to the Director that the classification of a person in terms of sub-section (1) is incorrect, he may..alter the classification of that person in the register.
1956M. RogersBlack Sash 5Still more startling was the Race Classification programme where African, Indian and Coloured families were torn asunder and separated on racial grounds.
1956A. SampsonDrum 209To the Nationalist Government, this merging of the races was a nightmare...They have embarked on a great scheme of classification, and subjected people to every kind of humiliation to discover their race.
1961Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 30, 1960 (Bureau of Census & Statistics) 580A further development is the establishment of Regional Offices under the control of Representatives of the Population Registrar at Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban, whose functions will be the local investigation and classification of doubtful racial cases, and the issue of identity cards.
1963A.M. Louw20 Days 122The rest of the people, awaiting classification, occupied self-built shanties on plots let to them at a minimum monthly charge.
1971Rand Daily Mail 29 Jan.There are seven race classification categories used on personal identity cards relating to South Africans who are not Asian, Chinese, Bantu or White. These are ‘Cape Malay’, ‘Griqua’, ‘Baster’, ‘Cape Coloured’, ‘Coloured’, ‘other Coloured’, and ‘Mixed’.
1977J. SikakaneWindow on Soweto 22Those whose fair complexion and straight hair made them look ‘white’, but suspected otherwise by the race classification board, had blood tests taken and were examined for mongolian blue spots.
1988StaffriderVol.7No.1, 87The grimness of the narrative involving the destruction of Sophiatown, the insult of racial classification and a descent into the horrors of gang warfare.
1991A. Maimane inWeekly Mail 15 Feb. 17That other apartheid device, race classification, will bite the dust this parliamentary session as De Klerk continues his reforms.
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