The National Assembly voted in favour of the separation of the people of South Africa into four distinct races (White, Black, Coloured, and Indian) through the Population Registration Act No. 30 of 1950. It further voted to divide South Africa into separate areas (for the exclusive use of each race) through the Group Areas Act No. 41 of 1950. Both these Acts commenced on 7 July, 1950. On 20 February, 1950 the Population Registration Act was read for the first time in Parliament. Subsequently, it became the cornerstone of the Apartheid policy. An office was set up to oversee the classification process.
• Boddy-Evans, A. ‘This Day in African History: 13 May’, from About African History, [online], available at https://africanhistory.about.com (Accessed: 17 May 2013)
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