The Separate Representation of Voters Amendment Act is passed

Tuesday, 21 May 1968

The South African Parliamentary session passed the Separate Representation of Voters Amendment Act. This Act removed Coloureds representatives from three government representatives structures, House of Assembly, the Provincial Council and the Senate as was provided by the original Act of 1951. According to the provision of the new Act, the term of office for the MPs elected under the old Act was extended to 1971 after which the seats would be abolished. The term of office for the two White members of the Provincial Council elected by Coloured voters was scheduled to expire in 1970 together with the life of the Council itself, and thereafter these two seats would also be abolished. One Senator nominated by the government to represent the Coloured people under the 1951 Act would also be abolished.

Four White Senators nominated by the Government under the South African Constitution Act were not affected by the provision of 1968 Act. Also unaffected was the position of the Senator nominated to represent the non-White peoples of South-West Africa.

References:
• O'Malley 1956. Separate Representation of Voters Amendment Act [online] Available at: www.nelsonmandela.org [Accessed on 22 May 2013]
• African History Apartheid Legislation in South Africa [online] Available at: http://africanhistory.about.com [Accessed on 22 May 2013]

Last updated : 22-May-2013

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