illegal, adjective and noun

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historical, colloquial
During the apartheid era:
A. adjective Of a black person: present or resident in an urban area in contravention of Section 10 of the Natives (Urban Areas) Consolidation Act. See also Section 10 sense 1.
1977 J. Sikakane Window on Soweto 25The law states that no-one may lawfully reside in Soweto or other locations without being in possession of several appropriate permits...The search for ‘illegal’ natives is carried out by the ‘blackjacks,’ the notorious municipal police.
1985 Sunday Star 27 Oct. 1She went to jail this week for a principle — she refused to register her illegal maid.
B. noun [Absolute use of adjective] One who is considered ‘illegal’ in terms of Section 10 of the Natives (Urban Areas) Consolidation Act. Cf. legal.
1980 Rand Daily Mail 5 Feb. 172-hour limit on illegals to go — as test.
1989 [see already].
present or resident in an urban area in contravention of Section 10 of the Natives (Urban Areas) Consolidation Act.
One who is considered ‘illegal’ in terms of Section 10 of the Natives (Urban Areas) Consolidation Act.

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