Civil Liberty in South Africa

Civil Liberty in South Africa

Civil Liberty in South Africa

Civil Liberty in South Africa

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This study of civil liberties in the Union of South Africa, prepared on the initiative of the South African Institute of Race Relations, is an attempt to supply the facts about South Africa to those who want to know them. We have tried to do this with a minimum of comment. This is not a polemical book: we leave the facts to speak for themselves.

It would be idle to claim that we have faced our task in an attitude of neutrality, for we believe ardently in that freedom the decline of which in South Africa is the subject of our book; but we have tried to be impartial in the sense of setting out the facts fairly and not making political capital out of them.

We do not claim that this is an exhaustive study. There are discriminatory or restrictive statutes and regulations that are not discussed in this book. The main lines that legislation has followed are, however, enumerated. Laws are constantly being amended and new regulations issued. We have therefore had to fix a terminal date, and the date taken is 31 December 1957. We hope and believe that what follows is a reasonably full and accurate picture of the facts at that date.

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