how was apartheid system oppressive for the blacks?

Apartheid was the official policy of racial segregation and ill treatment of blacks followed by the government of South Africa. The struggle of South African people against the apartheid can be explained as follows :-

  • Since 1950, Blacks and Indians were fighting against the apartheid but the racial government did not pay much heed to them.
  • As the struggle gained momentum, the government realised that blacks could no longer be held under oppression and hence discriminatory laws were annulled, bans from media lifted and Nelson Mandela walked out from the jail as a free man.
  • On 26 April 1994, the new constitution was formed and the white racial government was overthrown by a multiracial government.

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The apartheid system was particularly oppressive for the blacks because they were forbidden from living in white areas. They could work in white areas only if they had a permit. Trains, buses, taxis, hotels, hospitals, schools and colleges, libraries, cinema halls, theaters, beaches, swimming pools, public toilets, were all separate for the whites and blacks. This was called segregation. They could not even visit the churches where the whites worshiped. Blacks could not form associations or protest against the terrible treatment.

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The apartheid is a system used by the whites on black . itthere was a segregation on everything ,there were seperated trains,taxis,hospitals,school and colleges,cinema halls,public toilet,living in the same area,swimming pools,libraries and there should be a permit for a black to work in a white area they were not allowed to enter the churches the white go as well as the tap used by the whites to drink water.the blacks were not allowed to form groups,assosiation or protest against this segregation and if they dare to they were tortured and killed.

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