Levi Mabe

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Biographical information

Synopsis:

Banished person

First name: 
Levi
Last name: 
Mabe
Ban information: 
Banished. Order unconditionally withdrawn.
Miscellaneous: 
Lives of courage

Levi Mabe was one of the six, alongside Jeremiah Mabe, accused of various offences arising from conflict in Mabieskraal (Pilansberg), Rustenburg District, Transvaal (now North West Province).

In a banishment order dated 8 May 1935, he is mentioned as a member of the Batlako community who committed certain acts of ‘misconduct,’ ‘but of a less serious nature.’

It was suggested that he be ‘publicly and severely reprimanded for their misconduct.’ An order of 9 September 1949, banished Levi Mabe from Mabieskraal (Pilansberg), Rustenburg District, Transvaal. This order was revoked on 14 May 1952.  

Another banishment order was issued on 19 December 1955 which banished him from Rustenburg  to Vryburg, Western Transvaal (North West Province) was rejected by the Supreme Court on the basis that ‘the Natives concerned were not afforded the opportunity of showing cause why they should not be removed.’

Following an amendment to the 1927 Native Administration Amendment Act (1956) which allowed the government to banish people without giving prior notice, Levi Mabe was banished to Driefontein Native Trust Farm, Vryburg District on 6 June 1956.

There is no evidence of his order of 6 June 1956 being revoked.


References:
• Contribution by Professor S. Badat on Banishment, Rhodes University, 2012. From the book, Forgotten People - Political Banishment under Apartheid by Professor S. Badat.

Last updated : 13-Oct-2012

This article was produced for South African History Online on 26-Mar-2012