plakkerswet, noun

Also plakkers' wet, and with initial capital(s).
plakkerswette, plakkerswetten.
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, plakker squatter + linking phoneme -s- + wet law.
historical, Law
see quotation 1899.
1899 J.P. Fitzpatrick Tvl from Within 102No sooner had they located their tribe..than an official came down to them, Plakkerswet in hand, and removed all except the five [families] allowed by law and distributed them among his friends and relations.
1899 J.P. Fitzpatrick Tvl from Within 427The government is enforcing the ‘plakkerswet’, which forbids the locating of more than five families on one farm.
1929 W.M. Macmillan Bantu, Boer & Briton 178 (Swart)The new-fledged Volksraad passed the first of a long series of Plakkers’ Wetten (Squatters’ Laws), restricting the allowance of squatters on any one farm.
1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 137Plakkerswette,..The Natal Volksraad, in 1840, enacted that no farmer might keep more than five families of Native squatters on one farm...This law has been incorporated, inter alia, into the Union Land Act of 1913.
1968 E.A. Walker Hist. of Sn Afr. 276As for the Zulus already in the country, the principle of the Plakker’s Wet (squatter’s law) had been laid down again and again. So that labour might be shared evenly, no one save the Commandant-General might have more than five native families living on his farm.
1968 E.A. Walker Hist. of Sn Afr. 351In the Transvaal..the principle of the plakkers wet was maintained in theory limiting the number of native families which might squat on any one farm.
see quotation 1899.
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