Extension of University Education Act, 1959

Extension of University Education Act, 1959
Act to provide for the establishment, maintenance, management and control of university colleges for non-white persons; for the admission of students to and their instruction at university colleges; for the limitation of the admission of non-white students to certain university institutions; and for other incidental matters.
Citation Act No. 45 of 1959
Enacted by Parliament of South Africa
Date of Royal Assent 11 June 1959
Date commenced 21 June 1959
Date repealed 30 June 1988
Repealing legislation
Tertiary Education Act, 1988
Status: Repealed

The Extension of University Education Act, Act 45 of 1959, formed part of the apartheid system of racial segregation in South Africa. This act made it a criminal offense for a non-white student to register at a formerly open university without the written permission of the Minister of Internal Affairs.[1] New universities were established for the various non-white groups. In the Western Cape, a school in Bellville was established for coloureds, while a school at Ngoye was created in Zululand for Zulus. For Indians, a school was established at Durba in Natal Province, at Turfloop in the Transvaal for the Sotho-Tswanans, while Fort Har, the former Lovedale Mission College, became restricted to Xhosas.[1]

The act was repealed by the Tertary Education Act, 1988.


  1. 1 2 O’Malley, Padraig. "1959. Extension of University Education Act No 45". Nelson Mandela Center of Memory and Dialogue. Retrieved 3 May 2010.

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