The Black Circuit Courts

The Black Circuit Courts

These were African mobile courts, created to deal with the Boers’ mistreatment of the Africans at the Cape.

They were mobile courts because they move from one village to another addressing the injustices of the Boers towards the Africans at the Cape.

The Black circuit courts passed in 1812 but became more functional in 1816 at the Cape colony.

Governor Charles Somerset at the Cape between1814 to 1826 popularized these mobile courts.

They aimed at ending the unfair treatment of the Africans by their Dutch masters at the Cape hence the passing of the Black Circuit courts.

The need to end Africans exploitation led to the passing of the Black circuit courts at the Cape by the British administration.

The desire to promote equality of all races led to the establishment of the Black circuit courts at the Cape by the British administration.

The need to give Africans and other races the same rights like the whites led to the setting up of the Black circuit courts at the Cape.

The desire to end the racial conflicts and tension between the Africans and the whites at the Cape led to the establishment of the Black circuit courts.

The British wanted to punish the Boer masters who mistreated the Africans at the Cape hence the establishment of the Black circuit courts.

Consequently, the Africans became interpreters and court assessors, they got their liberty back, and their exploitation ended.

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