Abolition of Racially Based Land Measures Act is adopted

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Legislation

Wednesday, 5 June 1991

The South African parliament under President F.W. de Klerk adopted the Abolition of Racially Based Land Measures Act 108 of 1991, which scrapped the segregation laws relating to the use and occupation of land. The new act made provision to repeal and amend laws to abolish restrictions based on race or membership of a specific population group on the acquisition and utilisation of land; to provide for the rationalisation or phasing out of certain racially based institutions and statutory and regulatory systems; for the regulation of norms and standards in residential environments; and for the establishment of a commission under the name of the Advisory Commission on Land Allocation. The Act also repealed the 1913 and 1936 land acts. The white paper on land reform was subsequently published, proposing limited land redistribution.

References:
• Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.
•  O'Malley 1991 [online] Available at: www.nelsonmandela.org [Accessed on 5 June 2013]

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This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011