Traditional authorities were indispensable in the application of the provisions in the 1913 Natives Land Act in areas of rural South Africa designated as "Scheduled Native Areas”. The Native Affairs Department (NAD) officials and successive ministers of Native Affairs had a peculiar understanding of the nature and basis of the power of chiefs in pre-colonial African societies.
• Giliomee, H. & Mbenga, B., (2007), New History of South Africa, (Cape Town), p.158
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