Prevention of Illegal Squatting Act, 1951

Prevention of Illegal Squatting Act, 1951
Act to provide for the prevention and control of illegal squatting on public or private land.
Citation Act No. 52 of 1951
Enacted by Parliament of South Africa
Date of Royal Assent 21 June 1951
Date commenced 6 July 1951
Date repealed 5 June 1998
Repealing legislation
Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act, 1998
Status: Repealed

The Prevention of Illegal Squatting Act, Act No 52 of 1951, formed part of the apartheid system of racial segregation in South Africa. This act authorized the forcible removal of squatting communities. It allowed eviction and destruction of homes of squatters by landowners, local authorities, and government officials. It was commenced on 6 July 1951.[1]


  1. "Legislation: 1950s". South African History Online. Retrieved 3 May 2010.

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