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Promulgated in 1950, this legislation was repealed in June 1991.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.
1964 M. Benson Afr. Patriots 164The Population Registration Act..defined the race of each individual and particularly hit the Coloured people.
1987 Frontline Feb. 5Group Areas Act review? Is Mr H— joking? This Act is one of the Government’s three non-negotiables: viz the Group Areas Act, the Population Registration Act and the Separate Amenities Act.
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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