Census Act, 1904
Act 9 of 1904
- Commenced on 8 February 1904
- [This is the version of this document at 1 December 1998.]
1. ShortThis Act may be cited as the Census Act, 1904.
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—“approved form” means a form approved under section 5;“assistant census commissioner” means the person appointed as such under section 4;[Added K.O-I-C. 29/1975]“census commissioner” means the person appointed as such under section 4;“census day” means the day or days specified for the taking of a census under section 3;“deputy census commissioner” means the person appointed as such under section 4;[Added K.O-I-C. 29/1975]“dwelling” means a house, hut, booth, tent or other building or structure, or car, caravan, car or other vehicle, in or under which a person habitually sleeps;“livestock” means—(a)bulls, oxen, cows, heifers and calves,(b)sheep, gotas, horses, mules, asses, pigs, dogs, domesticated wild animals, and birds, including poultry, and(c)such other animals as the Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, declare to be livestock;“Minister” means the Minister for Finance.[Amended L.2/1966; K.O-I-C. 29/1975]
3. Orders as to census
4. Census commissioner, deputy census commissioner and assistant census commissioner
5. Forms for the censusSubject to section 6, the Minister may approve forms for the purpose for a census.[Amended L.2/1966]
7. Appointment of enumerators and supervisorsThe census commissioner may in writing appoint any persons as enumerator or supervisor or in such other capacity as may be necessary to take or aid in taking or to supervise the taking of the census and may at any time revoke such appointment.[Amended L.2/1966]
8. Who are census officersThe census commissioner and every person appointed under section 4 or 7 shall be a census officer.
9. Occupier to allow access and permit affixing of numbersEvery person occupying any land, house, enclosure or other place shall allow any census officer such access thereto as he may require for the purpose of the census and as may be reasonable and shall allow him to paint, mark or affix on or to the property in the occupation of such person such letters, marks or numbers as may be necessary for the purposes of such census.
10. Asking of questions by census officersEvery census officer may ask all such questions of all persons as by rule made in this behalf by the Minister as he may be directed to ask.[Amended L.2/1966]
11. Obligation to answer questionsEvery person of whom any question is asked under section 10 shall answer such question to the best of his knowledge and belief.
12. Schedule to be left at dwelling houses and filled up by the householders
13. Schedules to be delivered to and filled up by keeper of prison, etc.
14. Enumeration of military forces, travellers, etc.The census commissioner shall obtain, by such ways and means as shall appear to him best adapted for such purpose, the information required by this Act or by the rules made by the Minister with rexpect to—
15. Schedules to be delivered to superintendents of estates and managers of mines and filled up by themEvery supervisor shall deliver schedules in the prescribed form or cause them to be delivered to any superintendent or person in charge of any mine or estate on which labourers are employed and such superintendent or person in charge shall fill them up with the particulars required therein.
16. Enumerator to deliver schedules and returns to supervisorEvery enumerator shall deliver to the supervisor all schedules and all such returns as may be required by the census commissioner on or before a day to be appointed for such purpose by the census commissioner and it shall be the duty of such supervisor to verify them and to transmit them forthwith to the census commissioner.
17. Abstract to be made and publishedThe Census Commissioner shall upon the receipt of the schedule and returns cause an abstract of them to be made and shall forward it to the Minister within such time as may be appointed by the Minister and it shall be printed and published for general information.
18. Penalties for census officersAny census officer who—
19. PenaltiesAny person shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred emalangeni or to imprisonment not exceeding three months, if he—
20. Records of census not admissible in evidenceNotwithstanding anything in this Act, no entry in any book, register or record made by a census officer or by any other person in the discharge of his duty under this Act shall be admissible as evidence in any civil or in any criminal proceeding save and except a prosecution instituted under this Act in respect of such entry against the person who made, signed or delivered it or caused it to be made, signed or delivered.
History of this document
01 December 1998 this version
08 February 1904