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Racism and Discrimination

Apartheid - Racism and discrimination in South Africa

Racism and discrimination have a long history in South Africa.

Many laws were passed that discriminated against people simply because of their skin. To safeguard Afrikaner identity, racial purity and domination the Apartheid system was formulated in the 1930’s and 40’s. Apartheid – meaning literally ‘apartness’ – was formalised and legalised by the National Party after it came to power in 1948.
Building on earlier policies of segregation designed by English administrators, race discrimination was now vigorously applied to all areas of life, excluding ‘non-whites’ from the South African mainstream.



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