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2. Before the 1994 elections many white South Africans were against giving up the white majority rule. This was mainly because whites were scared blacks would take revenge on them for all the years of hardship they'd been through under apartheid. Especially as the whites put apartheid in place. The whites feared that giving up the white majority rule would mean all their land and most of their white towns would be taken over by blacks who would move in for work, which they proberly wouldn't find because even after the end of apartheid blacks will still be looked down upon by the whites. The whites feared their land would be redistributed, as it was almost certain that the ANC was going to win the 1994 elections, and one of their election promises was to redistribute the land to the blacks. Basically what redistribution of the land was, was the blacks getting back land they'd owned before apartheid which had been taken away from them. ...read more.


The whites feared that this would eventually mean the end of whites in parliament what so ever as 75per cent of the population was black. The other term of the freedom charter that caused fear amongst the whites was, "The land shall be shared by all" This term would mean whites giving up their land so it can be given back to blacks. This might result any profit made from these nearly unproductive farms (this is proved by the fact that most of South Africa's food is imported) would be reduced as there would be even less land to farm. Many whites also feared that with the loss of white majority rule would result in communism. Communism would be awful for the whites as it would be many of their fears rolled into one, they would lose their status have their land re-distributed and the whole country would proberly end up in turmoil not just whites but blacks as well. ...read more.


Although a majority of white fears were incorrect some were right. Unfortunately the crime rate has increased and whites are being found out about committing crimes under apartheid. The government however gave secret amnesty to 3500 police crimes against blacks. The government are working on a scheme, which encourages whites to admit to the crime they committed under apartheid and apologise, but it won't be taken any further. White South Africans had fears about giving up the white majority rule, as would anyone who was about to give up something. Their main fears were that they'd lose their land, lose their status, become a communist country, lose power, and be prosecuted for crimes committed under apartheid. Out of the five main fears stated only one has come true that is the fear that they'd be prosecuted for crimes committed under apartheid. So giving up the white majority rule wasn't as bad as many whites had feared. ?? ?? ?? ?? Leanne Summers 10.4 19th October 2000 GCSE History Coursework - South Africa ...read more.

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