Native Laws Amendment Act, 1952

The Native Laws Amendment Act, 1952 (Act No. 54 of 1952, subsequently renamed the Bantu Laws Amendment Act, 1952 and the Black Laws Amendment Act, 1952), formed part of the apartheid system of racial segregation in South Africa. It amended section 10 of the Group Areas Act.[1] It limited the category of blacks who had the right to permanent residence in urban areas. While Section 10 had granted permanent residence to blacks who had been born in a town and had lived there continuously for more than 15 years, or who had been employed there continuously for at least 15 years, or who had worked continuously for the same employer for more than 10 years. Non-whites living in urban areas who did not meet these criteria faced forcible removal.[1]

Native Laws Amendment Act, 1952
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Parliament of South Africa
CitationAct No. 54 of 1952
Enacted byParliament of South Africa
Royal assent24 June 1952
Commenced27 June 1952
Status: Spent


  1. ^ a b "Legislation: 1950s". South African History Online. Retrieved 3 May 2010.