MINUTES OF COUNCIL-IN-COMMITTEE - Plan to provide a separt eassembly for the separate areas
The Schedule to the Asiatic Land Tenure Act sets aside certain areas in Durban in which Indians are entitled to deal freely in property, buying, selling and occupying it without restriction. The areas so demarcated are, in general, those in which Indians already predominate. Where this is not so, application he.s been made by the City Council to the Land Tenure Board for a suitable alteration of the boundaries, the object being to exclude from the Scheduled Areas localities which are European in character, and to add to them those Asiatic in character. In view of this and bearing in mind that any alteration in these areas after the initial adjustments have been made can be effected only with the sanction of both Houses of Parliament, it can reasonably be assumed that the Scheduled Areas are destined to become and remain almost wholly Indian in character and population. The logical corollary to this is that Indians should be given as much say as possible in the administration and development of these areas, and I believe there is B. strong moral obligation upon us to see that they get it. The plan outlined below seeks to provide this, while at the same time ensuring that control of the areas in which Europeans predominate is reserved to them.