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South Africa - Sharpeville Q5

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Q5) Why do you think Sources H and I disagree with Source F about the events at Sharpeville? [8] Sources H and I are both official government views of what happened at Sharpeville. Source H is Colonel Pienaar speaking soon after the shootings, and Source I is Dr Verwoerd's account to parliament, he was prime minister of South Africa at the time. Source F is taken from a statement made by Ambrose Reeves, who had interviewed people who had witnessed the events at Sharpeville. In this answer, I aim to find out why Sources H and I disagree with Source F over what happened at Sharpeville. The sources disagree because they have different provenances. ...read more.


Therefore, they would not support the view of self defence as they had been in the crowd and knew they weren't violent. These witnesses saw first hand what happened which is why they disagree with the 'polished' view of events which the government gave out in Sources H and I. Another reason why the sources disagree is because the people who wrote them have different attitudes to apartheid. The Nationalist Party government had brought apartheid to South Africa and so supported it. The protestors were defying apartheid laws by burning their pass books. The government would not like this so support the view of the police in their sources. However, Anglican Churches in South Africa were against apartheid and so was Ambrose Reeves. ...read more.


Therefore, Reeves made his statement support the view of a massacre. In conclusion, the main reason why Source H and I disagree with Source F is because they come from completely different provenances, one which supports apartheid and one which is against it. Sources H and I are from the government who supported apartheid and believed that blacks were inferior to whites. They thought that blacks were incapable of holding peaceful protests and felt they should not have been demonstrating at all. This view comes across in these two sources, but not in Source F. Reeves thought that all races were equal, so did not let black inferiority cloud his judgement and the statement that he made. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 1 Rachel Redman ...read more.

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