Comprehensive Anti Apartheid Act Law and Legal Definition

The Comprehensive Anti Apartheid Act of 1986 is a U.S. federal statute. The Act aims to end apartheid in South Africa. This Act is the reaction to the plight of blacks in South Africa. Thus the Act banned all trade and investment by U.S. with South Africa.

The Act requires the U.S. departments and agencies to suppress funds and assistance to the pro-apartheid governments. This Act also required a nonracial democracy in South Africa, encouraged the release of Nelson Mandela and established a timetable for the elimination of apartheid laws.

The Main features of the Act are:

1. to suspend terrorist activities;

2. to aim for a free and democratic post-apartheid South Africa;

3. to enter into negotiations for settling problems in South Africa; and

4. to reexamine the tie with South African communist party.