In 1955 the government passed a law that made sure that people of different races were seperated and didnt reside together. This law then meant that multi racial socities like sophiatown were affected and could not exist. It's fitting in this month whereby we celebrate human rights that we take another look at Sophiatown and the dream realised in the new South Africa,whereby there's freedom of movement and association.
Under the Immorality Amendment Act, Act No 21 of 1950; people of mixed races could not reside together hence this act made it possible for the government to segregate the different races.
As sophiatown was a free hold land it was sold to various people of different races and different ethnic groups. Thus meaning that the population of the area, was one of mixed races. This fact really hindered the government’s aim to segregate the population with people of the different races not being grouped together. Thus when the Immorality Amendment Act, Act No 21 of 1950 was passed it was areas like Sophiatown, district 6 in Cape Town that were severely affected.
Sophiatown is one of the areas that was worst affected by this act as it meant that all the people who stayed in the area were forcefully removed and there Land taken away and sold to new people this after it was demolished. These removals resulted in 60, 00 black people being moved to the new township of Soweto, an abbreviation for South Western Townships. Other ethnic groups were also moved with Colored raced people moved to Eldorado Park in the South of Johannesburg. The Indian community moved to Lenasia and the Chinese people moved to central Johannesburg.