Apartheid Period Essay

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Apartheid Period
After the national party took power in South Africa in 1948, the government began enforcing polices of racial segregations under a system of legislation called the apartheid. These polices caused the 'black' race to live under harsh conditions of racial injustice. The legislation wasn't removed until 1990-1994.

Main Laws
-Group Areas Act, Act No 41 of 1950
Forced physical separation between races by creating different residential areas for different races.

-Bantu Building Workers Act, Act No 27 of 1951
Made it a criminal offence for a black person to perform any skilled work in urban areas except in those sections designated for black occupation.

-Native Labour (Settlement of Disputes) Act of 1953
Prohibited strike action by blacks.

-Reservation of Separate Amenities Act, Act No 49 of 1953
Forced segregation in all public amenities, public buildings, and public transport with the aim of eliminating contact between whites and other races. "Europeans Only" and "Non-Europeans Only" signs were put up. The act stated that facilities provided for different races need not be equal.

-Natives (Prohibition of Interdicts) Act, Act No 64 of 1956
Denied black people the option of appealing to the courts against forced removals.

-Extension of University Education Act, Act 45 of 1959
Put an end to black students attending white universities. Created separate tertiary institutions for whites, Coloured, blacks, and Asians.

Sandra Laing
Sandra Laing was born in 1955 to her white parents, Sannie and Abraham Laing, in a small conservative town in South Africa during the apartheid era. However, Sandra is unfortunately born with a genetic throwback where she appears to be physically black. As racial prejudice was so common at the time, it caused many problems for Sandra growing up as a child.
Sandra was officially classified white. However when she was sent to a boarding school only for white children, she was treated poorly and later…