tribal authority, noun phrase

In historical contexts. A body consisting of local chiefs and headmen, the lowest of the three tiers of government in a ‘homeland’. See also homeland sense 1.
Note:
Established by the Bantu Authorities Act, No. 68 of 1951. See also the note at territorial authority.
1951 Act 68 in Stat. of Union 1154‘Tribal authority’ means a Bantu territorial authority.
1951 Act 68 in Stat. of Union 1158A tribal authority shall..generally administer the affairs of the tribe and communities in respect of which it has been established.
1961 Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 30, 1960 (Bureau of Census & Statistics) 332In terms of paragraph (c) of sub-section (1) of section nine of the Bantu Authorities Act, 1951 (Act No. 68 of 1951), the proceeds of..levies, where they are applicable to tribes of communities in respect of which tribal authorities have been established, shall be paid into the treasury of such authorities.
c1970 C. Desmond Discarded People 225Many, including officials of the Tribal Authority, have recently built very big houses in the ‘locations’ so obviously they do not believe they are going to be moved.
1986 P. Maylam Hist. of Afr. People 167The bottom tier was to comprise a Tribal Authority consisting of local chiefs and headmen. In the middle was the Regional Authority, which overlay two or more Tribal Authorities and drew upon the membership of the latter.
1987 New Nation 23 July 1Lebowa tribal chiefs are demanding a ‘vigilante levy’ from residents to finance a shadowy terror campaign against villagers. The tribal authorities this week issued notices to hundreds of families..demanding a total of more than R70 per household.
A body consisting of local chiefs and headmen, the lowest of the three tiers of government in a ‘homeland’.
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