The Apartheid Of South Africa

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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.” ( As for woman specifically, since they are “regarded as dependents and are inferior to men…” ( 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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