The Group Areas Act comes into effect

Friday, 30 March 1951

In 1948 the Nationalist Party won the general election on a platform of separate development. In 1950 the government passed the Group Areas Act, a cornerstone of Apartheid.

The Act divided South African residential areas along racial and ethnic lines designating residential areas for Blacks, Whites, Indians, and Coloureds. This resulted in a many forced removals from areas like District Six and Sophiatown, uprooting millions.

• Davenport, T. H. (1977). South Africa: A Modern History. Macmillian: Johannesburg.

Last updated : 30-Mar-2016

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