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Population Registration Act, noun phrase

In historical contexts. An Act of Parliament which made it mandatory for every South African to be registered as a member of a particular ethnic group. See also pillar(s) of apartheid (pillar).
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Promulgated in 1950, this legislation was repealed in June 1991.
1950 Population Registration Act in Stat. of Union 299This Act shall be called the Population Registration Act, 1950.
1991 Sunday Times 10 Feb. 21The Population Registration Act is so loaded with evil symbolism — pencils in the hair, dividing families, the examination of finger nails, and all the foul rituals of race classification — that President De Klerk’s promise to repeal it seems now to have been a major turning point.
An Act of Parliament which made it mandatory for every South African to be registered as a member of a particular ethnic group.

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