Representation of Natives Act passed

Tuesday, 7 April 1936

The Representation of Natives Act no 16 of 1936 is passed unanimously in the South African parliament, further limiting the black franchise. The African electors in Cape Province were by this law removed from the ordinary elctoral roll and placed on a separate roll, with the right to elect 3 representatives in the Union House of Assembly and 2 in the Cape Provincial Council. In additon the African population of the whole Union could designate 4 senators to represent their interests.

References:
• SESA, v.2, p137.
•  O'Malley, P., 1936. Representation of Natives Act No 12, from Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory, [online], Available at www.nelsonmandela.org [Accessed: 02 April 2014]

Last updated : 02-Apr-2014

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