Commencement of the Immorality Act

Thursday, 30 September 1926

The Immorality Act, a key component of Apartheid legislation, was passed into law. The law made it illegal to have sex with people of different races in the area of marriage as well as casual sex. The law was followed by a ban on mixed marriages and a ban on sexual relations between Black and White people. The law was repealed by P W Botha in 1985 signaling a growing crisis and end of Apartheid.

Click here to read a chronology of Aparthied legislations.



• FACT Index Immorality Act [online] Available at: [Accessed on 30 Septwember 2013]
• About African History Apartheid Era Laws: Immorality Amendment Act No 21 of 1950 [online] Available at: [Accessed on 30 September 2013]

Last updated : 30-Sep-2013

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

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