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In what ways were the lives of Africans changed by the policy of Apartheid in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s?

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In what ways were the lives of Africans changed by the policy of Apartheid in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s? In this assignment I will describe how people's lives were changed due to the apartheid laws in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Firstly the term Apartheid means "separateness". This separation was for the blacks, the whites and for different races too. This meant that blacks and whites were totally separated from each other. Apartheid was based on the views of the nationalist party and they said that all different races should be kept apart from each other. This was impossible because their had to be some contact between the races, this was necessary so that the black South Africans and different races could work for the whites. Black South Africans were told where they could live and those areas were reserved for the black population only. In the 1950s there were Laws and Acts, which restricted the lives of the black South Africans; this included the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act. This Act meant that it was illegal for people of different races to get married. This also meant that no black or white could get married even if they were deeply in love. ...read more.


People suspected of terrorism could be held for up to thirty days and for longer if the Minister of Justice gave his approval. Detention without trial gave the police plenty of opportunity for brutality and torture. Between 1963 and 1985, 69 people died in police detention. The causes of death included suicide, people falling out of the tenth floor, slipping in the showers, and falling down the stairs. A man called Dr Neil Aggett died in detention in 1982 after being assaulted and not allowed to go to sleep. Lots of opponents of the government died in unexplained conditions. It was possible that the security police could have killed them. For example Griffiths Mxenge was stabbed to death in 1981; his wife was shot and hacked to death in 1985. A parcel bomb in Botswana blew up another man in the 1970s. The treatment of protestors leads to terrible cold-blooded massacres and the police killing lots of people and also wounding some. In sharpeville lots of protestors surrounded the police station making noise and it ended up with a policeman losing his nerve and shoots at the crowd followed by his colleagues helping him out and killing 69 people and wounding 180, many people were shot in the back. ...read more.


This family were tricked into going somewhere really rubbish and no jobs nearby. This family were happy where they were living and they knew that Bantu Affairs Administration Board would not give a black man a house for free. The trucks came in and destroyed their house before they can get their belongings and valuables. The house they were given in Glenmore was terrible; the walls were broken so they had to use mud to fix it. Jamangile Tsotsobe wanted to give his children a good future but by the looks of things, its not going to happen. These conditions made people really angry and start making huge protests against Apartheid and this went on throughout the 1980s. In conclusion I found out that the black South Africans lives were getting worse and worse due to them being moved to different locations every time. The polices made by Malan and Verwoerd made the life of the black South Africans really bad due to them not being allowed to get married to whoever they wanted, also them being moved completely away from the whites and different races and also the black South Africans being completely different to the whites keeping the blacks at a lower status than everyone else. Page 1 Mohammed Mohammed 10 O 01 May 2007 ...read more.

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