The SA government grants ‘Independent’ status to Venda


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Thursday, 13 September 1979

Following South Africa's policies of racial segregation and the promulgation of the Promotion Bantu Self-Government Act,46 of 1959, the South African government granted 'independence' status to Venda, which became the Republic of Venda. Venda was created for the Venda people. The Venda people and the international community rejected the independence of Venda. Despite its claims to independence, Venda, remained politically and economically dependent on South Africa.

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• britannica,' The racial segregation ',[online],Available at [Accessed: 12 September 2013]

Last updated : 12-Sep-2013

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