Group Areas Act Analysis

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What was the significance of the Group Areas Act of 1950?
How the Act was created and what it meant.
The National Party, which was elected in 1948 had a plan for the future of South Africa. Their plan was to implement a policy of racial separation and white supremacy, commonly known as Apartheid. The act was passed in April 1950. The goal of the "separate development" was to control the labour needed for industrial development , eliminate mixed neighbourhoods and to control the movement and life of non-white South Africans. This meant that all South Africans were forced to live in separate areas from each other.
The Group Areas Act, or the GAA, created the legal framework to allow the government to establish neighbourhoods into different 'racial group areas', where only people of a particular race were able to live there. The effect of the GAA was devastating as it evacuated thousands of people from their homes, which resulted in families, friends, and communities breaking up. This happened because the law enabled the government to demolish all the houses there and displace everyone who was not part of that specific group. For example, if an area was white area, all non-white people could no longer live there. The GAA continued to add more restrictions on people's lives, but this was one of the first drastic rights infringements for the non-white populations as it was seen as the “cornerstone” of the Apartheid policy.
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