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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

The Roots of Apartheid

from South Africa Sucks - click on title to view full article

Popular myth as propounded by the vexatious Mass Media has it that Apartheid started in 1948, when the Afrikaner-dominated National Party won that year's General Elections. This revisionist fantasy holds that prior to the evil racist Nats assuming power, South Africa was this wondrous multi-racial, multi-cultural Utopia under righteous, benevolent Brit rule, where White, black and all hues in betwixt & between sat around the campfire hand around waist singing kumbajaa in everlasting peace & harmony.

Alas. until these hateful, racist, jackbooted dutchmen came goose-stepping along in 1948 and changed this wondrous multiracial fairyland into a seething cauldron of racial animus. Err, well, not exactly.

The basic truth is that the Nats simply perpetuated racial policy & legislation as implemented by the British. Consider the following laws, generally considered to be the pillars of Grand Apartheid:

• The Native Pass Law (1809) of the British Government compelled Black people to carry pass books;

• In 1865 Sir Theophilus Shepstone made it impossible for Black people to vote in Natal;

• Cecil John Rhodes in 1894 stopped a Brown man, Krom Hendriks, from taking part in a South African cricket tour to England;

• Rhodes and Milner in 1905 introduced compulsory division between Black and White scholars in Cape schools;

• The Native Land Act 2(1913) prohibited land ownership by Blacks;

• Min. H.W. Sampson (1925) introduced job reservation as regards the Law pertaining to Mines and related industries;

• The Immorality Act in Natal (1927) prohibits sexual relations between people of different race and colour. (This was confirmed by Law 23 of 1957);

• Gen. J.C. Smuts in 1936 introduced separate representation in Parliament;

• The Native Urban Area Act 25 (1945) stated that Blacks may not, without a permit, remain for 72 hours in an urban area;

• The National Party in 1948, defeating the SA Party at the ballot box, respected all land- and provincial legislation, and stuck to existing entry and non-entry signs at all state departments, public places and businesses which indicated where the various races would be served.

Click on title of this post to read the full article by Uhuru Guru on South Africa Sucks blog

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