Pass Laws in South Africa

Bram Fischer (left) and Chief Albert Luthuli (centre) at the Treason Trial in Pretoria. Bailey's African History Archive

The Pass Laws was a system used to control the movement of Black, Indian and Coloured people in South Africa. The pass said which areas a person was allowed to move through or be in and if a person was found outside of these areas they would be arrested.

A number of protest actions were held against these laws with the Apartheid State often responding with violence against the protestors.

Last updated : 19-Mar-2018

This article was produced by South African History Online on 19-Mar-2018

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