Group Areas Act


The Group Areas Act of 1950 (Act No. 41 of 1950) was an act of parliament created under the apartheid government of South Africa on 27th April 1950. The act assigned racial groups to different residential and business sections in urban areas in a system of urban apartheid. An effect of the law was to exclude "non-Whites" from living in the most developed areas, which were restricted to Whites (e.g., Sea Point). It caused many "non-Whites" to have to commute large distances from their homes in order to be able to work. The law led to non-Whites being forcibly removed for living in the "wrong" areas.

This act was repealed 41 years later, on June 5, 1991 along with the Natives' Land Act of 1913.