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Critical analysis of the Poverty Policy in South Africa

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Critical analysis of the Poverty Policy in South Africa

'This essay will consider the measures that have been embraced by the democratic South African government to combat poverty across different ethnicities as well as evaluating the chosen strategies by the ANC led government. The essay will start by defining what apartheid was as well as how it racially discriminated access to facilities and rights. The essay would also explore the reasons why poverty still exist at a large scale despite the shift in political policy as well as associated factors that are impeding swift eradication of poverty in South Africa.

Apartheid in South Africa was a draconian, legal discriminatory system based on racial lines that excluded non-whites (Africans, Indians and Coloureds) from housing, jobs, education, social services, welfare as well as political participation. Apartheid was in existence between the years 1948 to 1994 Mulholland, R (1997). Inevitably; non-whites lived in poverty due to the exclusionary apartheid system that set the poverty datum line lower than that of their white counterparts Wright, G., Magasela, W (2007). The desire to live out of poverty was one of the fundamental reasons why the black majority in South Africa fought against

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