Banishment in South Africa

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Map showing the area of the Bafurutse from where several people were banished.Map showing the area of the Bafurutse from where several people were banished.Map showing the area of the Bafurutse from where several people were banished for opposing governme

Banishment has been used as form of punishment in South African from early colonial period. Both the Dutch and British colonial administrations banished people who challenged their authority. When the Apartheid government seized power in 1948, it continued to use banishment as a way of silencing its opponents. This feature focuses on the history of Banishment in South Africa. People were banished under the Native Administration Act (1927).

"Topics" provides the chronological history of banishment in chapters. “People” lists the names of people banished under both pieces legislation mentioned above and links them to biographies. An archive of documents, articles, books and theses related to banishment have also been included under “Media Library”. The “Timeline” covers the history of Banishment as brief entries each year. 

Last updated : 03-Dec-2012

This article was produced for South African History Online on 12-Sep-2012