Apartheid Was Officially Incorporated By The Afrikaner

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Apartheid was officially incorporated by the Afrikaner Nationalist party in 1948. It was a system of legal discrimination, effectively revoking the rights of twenty five million black South Africans for over forty years in favor of the five million whites who had held government through colonization. The laws established under apartheid combined earlier segregation laws and customs into a new comprehensive code of racial statutes, and had as its main aim the establishment of legal separation and white supremacist rule. A total of three hundred and seventeen laws came into effect, legally affecting all aspects of life for black South Africans including but not limited to; land ownership, freedom of association, the right to vote, and…show more content…
Controlled Movement And Fake Independence One of the fist strategies employed was the Bantu Authorities Act, the idea of this was to effectively exclude Black people from the country’s politics. These policies were laid down in 1951 and were the basis for creating what were known as ‘Homelands’. These were areas where black workers would have to live, yet they were considered as being outside the country, which meant that those who lived in the Homelands were required to carry passports when in South Africa. The term that was used consistently was “White South Africa” as the Government intended to move every Black person to his or her separate ethnic homeland in order to have South Africa completely in the hands of the White population. Blacks were given homelands, and that meant that whatever their culture was, they had to go to the given homeland and were allowed to govern themselves independently without white intervention. Between 1976 and 1981, four of these Homelands were created, denationalizing nearly half of the black South African population. This was an attempt to place black peoples even lower on the social scale and further strengthen the white dominated state. Rights such as voting were restricted to the Homeland in question, therefore there could be no chance of Black interaction in South African politics. This was combined with the Bantu Administration Board who kept

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