The Practical Effects of Influx Control

Deborah Posel

in The Making of Apartheid 1948–1961

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780198273349
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684036 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in African Affairs

The Practical Effects of Influx Control

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This chapter describes the enforcement of influx control and its effects on the lives of Africans. It also assesses the efficacy of the influx control systems from the Native Affairs Department's point of view, by comparing the degree of control achieved with the system's principal objectives. The expansion of the state's bureaucratic and policing powers weighed heavily on the lives of Africans. By 1952, the state was legally entitled to exercise vast powers over the movements of Africans, their residence, and their employment. Africans required official permission both to travel and not to travel, to work and not to work. Confident of its powers to exact compliance forcibly, the NAD took little account of the individual needs, preferences, and interests of Africans themselves.

Keywords: influx control; Native Affairs Department; NAD; residence; employment

Chapter.  13178 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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