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What were the main differences between the beliefs of the white and black South Africans towards apartheid before the end of the white rule?

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South African Coursework Question 1 What were the main differences between the beliefs of the white and black South Africans towards apartheid before the end of the white rule? At the start of the 20th century black and white farmers were living next door to each other. In 1900 the only aspect of segregation could be found in the diamond and gold mines of the Afrikaner Orange Free State where black workers were forced to work for white Afrikaner employers. The black people of South Africa had virtually no say in the running of their country, as they did not home the vote. As the National Party got the majority vote they invented the apartheid. ...read more.


Whereas, the whites will control mining and industry, and employ no black workers. All the jobs in industry will be done by white workers or by machines. However, English speaking white South Africans support the practical apartheid. This is when blacks and whites must be separated as far as possible. The English speaking whites depend on their high standard of living, which depends on industry, which has always employed large numbers of black workers. They need black labour because it is cheap and so they could sell their goods around the world at competitive prices. They also prefer to employ black migrant workers because they then don't have to pay them enough to support the workers families. ...read more.


The poorer black South Africans tended to just try to exist or to stay alive using apartheid because they were in fear of losing the little they already had. They also did not actively oppose it due to lack of time, as they were always too busy working. They also believed that they could not achieve anything. Nelson Mandela was against apartheid and he opened the first all - black law firm in 1952. Mandela, Tambo and Lembede all discussed what black people had to do to win equal rights in their own country. Anton Lembede was an Africanist, which meant that he believed Africans should throw off feelings of inferiority towards whites. They wanted to win freedom for themselves, not in co-operation with Non-Africans such as whites and Indians. Samantha Krzywopulski ...read more.

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