Causes Of Apartheid In South Africa

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Apartheid in South Africa

I would like to present a social issue in South Africa called “apartheid” that have affected many generations and still haunts young people today. I will start with the history of the black people’s lack of rights and status under the apartheid regime and conclude with how it affects young people today. The black population suffered under racial discrimination for more that 40 years during the apartheid.

The Afrikaner National Party came to power in 1948 with the slogan “apartheid” which means racial segregation. Apartheid was introduced in 1948 and was designed to make the white minority in charge of the black minority and to be able to profit on South Africa’s rich resources without sharing with the black population. Marriage and sexual relations between white and other races were prohibited. The black population was ushered into 10 homelands called Bantustans and every black South African had to live in one of them. The black population opposed apartheid, but it took many years of protests, demonstrations, boycotts, international pressure and unthinkable suffering.

The ANC (South African Native National Congress) was founded in 1912 and its mission was to end apartheid. Nelson Mandela was one the most famous antiapartheid persons. He joined the ANC in 1943 when they held non-violent protests. They started with nonviolent protests but after a massacre, they changed their tactic. Nelson Mandela founded “the spear of the nation”, the military
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