Named for J.B.M. Hertzog, the Prime Minister at the time and a principal mover of the legislation.
The Hertzog Bills:A collective name for two parliamentary bills, proposed and promulgated in 1936, which in effect created a legal framework for apartheid.
The Representation of Natives Bill proposed the removal of African voters from the ordinary electoral roll in the Cape Province and their placement on a separate roll; this became law as the Representation of Natives Act, No.12 of 1936. The Natives’ Trust and Land Act Bill proposed the creation of the South African Native Trust; it became law as the Natives’ Trust and Land Act, No.18 of 1936. See also Land Act sense b, Trust.
1952Drum Feb. 14The Native Bills of 1936 (better known as the Hertzog Bills) attracted wide interest in the younger generation, but African moderates agreed upon a ‘wait and see’ policy.
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