In historical contexts.Under the Bantu Authorities Act of 1951: the government of a semi-autonomous area set aside for occupation by black people; the area governed by this authority.
In terms of the Act, black government was to be in three tiers: tribal authority, ‘regional authority’, and ‘territorial authority’, the last being the most powerful. All fell under the ultimate control of the white government. Some of the areas governed by territorial authorities were later developed into ‘self-governing’ homelands, the territorial authorities becoming (or being replaced by) legislative assemblies. See also homeland sense 1.
1951Bantu Authorities Act inStat. of Union 1154The Governor-General may..in respect of any two or more areas for which regional authorities have been established, establish a Bantu territorial authority...The chairman and the members of a territorial authority shall be elected or selected..from amongst the members of the regional authorities.
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