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South Africa repeals last apartheid law

[JURIST] South Africa on Thursday repealed the oppressive Black Administration Act [PDF text], ending the last vestige of apartheid. The 1927 Act had provided a uniform system of administration and regulation for black people by empowering tribal chiefs and regulating the succession of estates. Its enforcement also thwarted attempts by black women to purchase or lease property and resulted in forced evictions. The repeal of the Black Administration Act comes more than a decade after the country's first democratic elections resulted in black political leadership. South Africa's parliament [official website] must change all other laws affected by today's bill by July 2006. Reuters has more.

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