WORLD : S. Africa Bill Targets Apartheid

From Times Wire Services

The government introduced legislation today that would repeal the Separate Amenities Act, a pillar of apartheid that has allowed racial segregation of all public amenities for nearly 40 years.

The legislation, which would take effect Oct. 15, will be submitted to Parliament on Monday, where it is expected pass by mid-June, the South African Press Associated reported.

Since 1953, the Separate Amenities Act has authorized provincial governments, municipalities and privately owned entertainment establishments to reserve facilities for whites. If the law is repealed, public bathrooms, libraries and transportation--as well as privately owned restaurants and nightclubs--could no longer be segregated.

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