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How far are the problems that exist in South Africa today a product of the past?

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How far are the problems that exist in South Africa today a product of the past? This essay is about the problems that are existent in South Africa today and how they are influenced by the past. I am going to look into whether hatreds are still as strong today or if they have changed. I am going to see if it is in fact the legacy of apartheid that has led to problems in South Africa today. The legacy of apartheid includes the deeply ingrained racism that has been seemed to be present in the white population over many years. People can still remember how differently whites and non-whites lived as a result of the apartheid rule. They can also remember the laws that there were to ensure the non-whites knew their role in society which basically meant white domination. The current situation in South Africa can to a certain extent be explained by reference to the past. The establishment of Apartheid in 1948 was the birth child of Dr Malan, he wanted people to have rights only in their prearranged own areas accordingly to their skin colour. ...read more.

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Mandela was not violent but he still would not tell the ANC to stop being violent. Mandela knew that if he carried on being peaceful he would get nowhere and he would not end apartheid this way. He had to condemn the ANC's violence, which was the only way to get the government to listen to them. The ANC's peaceful protests included such there were strikes and the boycotting of buses. Internal opposition was also the case of what happened in Sharpeville on 21st March 1960 when there was a crowd of 5000 outside the police station campaign which after a tussle ended up with the police killing 69 people who many were shot in the back. The external opposition came from trade sanctions as in 1986 commonwealth politicians visited South Africa to find out whether sanctions would help end Apartheid. Sanction was not the way forward, sanctions did not bring a sudden end to apartheid. Sanctions did not cover everything and companies found a way round these laws and continued trading although the economy was getting no revenue. The most effective was external opposition as this was more pressure on South Africa from different parts of the world that had an influence on South Africa's trade and general commerce. ...read more.

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This also brings up the concern of education for the blacks as in the past had less than a second rate education when compared to the white South Africans it is important for the blacks that the education they receive is as good as what the whites are currently receiving. Blacks are still bothered about housing situations nowadays as some blacks live in the areas still that they did when apartheid was in rule; this means townships and blacks see this as unfair. The injustices have tried to be tackled but progress is poor in the areas of extras building, building programs and free health care. The problems and conflicts that remain today are products of past events and things that have gone on, I a mainly indicating the existence of apartheid. If there had been no apartheid and separation then there would have been less problems filling South Africa today. South Africa is dealing with problems such as racism, poverty, education, unemployment, crime, health, and government. Some of which are unavoidable problems that many countries are dealing with some issues with but none such as South Africa as they are the country that had such a destructive tool as apartheid to rip through the country and be the cause of so many problems. Cherralyn Elliot. ...read more.

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