The Apartheid Of South Africa

1159 WordsDec 16, 20165 Pages
During the year of 1948, the lives of south Africans changed forever. The National Party, which was an all-white government, gained power and created hell for non-white citizens, their goal was to have white people continue to dominate the country and to keep each race separated from each other; even though at the time whites were only 20% of the population. The apartheid, which literally means “apartness” lasted until 1991, and during this time many acts were passed. One being that “non-white Africans were forced to live in separate areas from whites, and use public facilities separately. Contact between groups was limited.” (History.com) As for woman specifically, since they are “regarded as dependents and are inferior to men…” (anc.org) they were even further discriminated against during the apartheid. In rural areas, specifically, a woman’s workload increased dramatically as they tried to produce enough food off the land to feed their families. Many men were absent from their rural homes due to being a migrant laborer, which were poorly paid. The combined workload of caring for a family, the land, and themselves all alone, is the direct result of apartheid laws. When the apartheid ended, the hardships still effected everyone’s lives, and not in a good way. In the novel, Disgrace by J.M Coetzee a young woman named Lucy lives in south Africa after the apartheid, or post-apartheid, on a farm alone. Her father David eventually comes to live with her because he lost his job

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