Coloured Persons Communal Reserves Act, 1961

The Coloured Persons Communal Reserves Act of 1961, was an Apartheid South Africa piece of legislation, which was enacted to apply the Mission Stations and Communal Reserves Act 1909, of the Cape of Good Hope, to coloured persons settlement areas within the meaning of the Coloured Persons Settlement Areas (Cape) Act, 1930, to repeal the latter Act and to provide for matters incidental thereto.[1][1]

Coloured Persons Communal Reserves Act, 1961
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Parliament of South Africa
CitationAct No. 3 of 1961
Enacted byParliament of South Africa
Royal assent28 February 1961
Commenced1 December 1961
Repealed30 June 1991
Repealed by
Abolition of Racially Based Land Measures Act, 1991
Status: Repealed

This Act further strengthened racial segregation legislation of South Africa during the Apartheid regime.[2]

Key Effect of LegislationEdit

The Coloured Persons Communal Rerserves Act, had the effect of lowering wages by denying Africans rights within urban areas and by keeping their families and dependants on subsistence plots in the reserves.[2]


The act was repealed by the Abolition of Racially Based Land Measures Act, 1991 on 30 June 1991.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Union of South Africa (1961-03-03). "Coloured Persons Communal Reserves Act, Act No. 3 of 1961". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Landis, Elizabeth S. (1962). "South African Apartheid Legislation II: Extension, Enforcement and Perpetuation". The Yale Law Journal. 71 (3): 437–500. doi:10.2307/794481. ISSN 0044-0094. JSTOR 794481.

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