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Title:Protest in South Africa: prominent Black leaders' commentary on the Natives Land Act, 1913-1936
Author:Feinberg, Harvey M.ISNI
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic term:South Africa
land tenure
property rights
Abstract:This article examines one aspect of the aftermath of the Natives Land Act of 1913, namely the commentary of Black South African leaders about the Act and its impact from 1913 to 1936. The article emphasizes the continuing anger of educated Africans towards the Land Act. It also demonstrates that Black leaders had many opportunities to discuss their opinions about political and economic life in South Africa and to protest against government policies which were increasingly discriminatory. These opportunities included writing for Black newspapers, speaking to Black organizations such as the ANC, meeting with Whites (private individuals or government officials) at conferences, and testifying before commissions or parliamentary committees. To prominent Africans, the land issue continued to be important into the early 1930s, and their bitterness towards and denunciation of the Land Act did not diminish. Because of their attitudes, educated Africans ignored a clause in the Natives Land Act which allowed the government to approve new purchases by Africans of land outside the reserves. In addition, Black leaders failed to admit that thousands of Africans benefited from this exception clause in the Land Act by purchasing farms and lots after 1913. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]