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15 Chilling Photos Which Depict The Racism Faced By Africans In South Africa

'Apartheid' was lawfully enforced by the National Party (NP), the governing party of South Africa from 1948 to 1994. The word 'Apartheid' means apart-hood in Afrikaans, the official language of South Africa, i.e. "the state of being apart". It was passed by legislation by the National party to racially discriminate the native Africans and the Europeans. Apartheid was brought into existence after the World War II by the National Party and Broederbond organization. It was also enforced in South-West Africa, until 1990, when it gained independence as Namibia. The legislation passed by the National party divided the inhabitants into four racial groups, namely the 'Whites', 'Blacks', 'Colored' and 'Indians'. The 'Colored' and 'Indians' were subdivided into many other groups and were forced to live in segregated homes. From 1960 to 1983, about 3.5 million people were forced to leave their homes and move to a segregated neighborhood with their races. It was the one of the largest mass removal in modern history. 

In 1970, the Non-whites were not allowed to enter politics and the Blacks were deprived of their citizenship. Rules were different for different races. The blacks were then made the citizens of ten tribal self-governed homelands called 'Bantustans'. The government segregated hospitals, schools, public washrooms, buses, trains, beaches under Apartheid.The facilities given to the Blacks were generally inferior to the those given to the Whites.

15 Chilling Photos Which Depict The Racism Faced By Africans In South Africa

15 Chilling Photos Which Depict The Racism Faced By Africans In South Africa

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Four decades of humiliation in their homeland.

Four decades of humiliation in their homeland.

1952: A woman sat in a wagon reserved for White European people protesting against Apartheid.

 1952: A woman sat in a wagon reserved for White European people protesting against Apartheid.

Time to time, Apartheid was opposed by the natives. They sat in compartments reserved for Whites, sat in the benches reserved for Whites in parks and did protest rallies to show their disapproval towards Apartheid.

1955: Signs in English and Afrikaans for Telegraph Office, Refreshments Centre, Parcel office in Wellington railway station, South Africa racially segregated for Whites and Non-Whites.

 1955: Signs in English and Afrikaans for Telegraph Office, Refreshments Centre, Parcel office in Wellington railway station, South Africa racially segregated for Whites and Non-Whites.

Apartheid was supported and practiced at all the public places by the South African government in all the Government properties and offices.

1956: Ponds in Children's Park reserved for European Children.

 1956: Ponds in Children's Park reserved for European Children.

Children's Parks were racially segregated all over the country. Many such ponds and swings were exclusive to the White European children only.

1956: A common sign board in Johannesburg

 1956: A common sign board in Johannesburg

Signboards were installed at city entrances warning the people to stay safe and cautious from the native Blacks.

1957: Sign Boards on main gates of Parks in both English and Afrikaans in Johannesburg.

1957: Sign Boards on main gates of Parks in both English and Afrikaans in Johannesburg.

There were separate parks for White and Non-White men and women. Park entrance gates carried signboards regarding the races allowed inside.

1960: A bench in Albert Park, Durban reserved for Whites.

1960: A bench in Albert Park, Durban reserved for Whites.

1967: Separate Taxi Rank for Whites

1967: Separate Taxi Rank for Whites

Taxi and bus services were also different for the different races. Those provided to the Whites were much better in state than those of the Blacks and Coloreds.

1971: An apartheid notice on a sign board on a beach near Cape Town.

1971: An apartheid notice on a sign board on a beach near Cape Town.

Many beaches were also reserved for the Whites only.

1971: Lawn exclusively reserved for' European mothers with babies in arms'.

1971: Lawn exclusively reserved for' European mothers with babies in arms'.

Parks and lawns were reserved for European women to walk around with their babies.

1976: Area near a beach reserved for the Whites.

1976: Area near a beach reserved for the Whites.

1978: A separate rail wagon for Non Whites.

1978: A separate rail wagon for Non Whites.

Apartheid provoked internal resistance between the people and many natives as well as politicians were also punished and killed for opposing Apartheid.

1982: Railway carriage reserved for Whites only.

1982: Railway carriage reserved for Whites only.

Olof Palme, Sweden's Prime Minister said 'Apartheid cannot be reformed; It has to be eliminated.' In February 1986, he was murdered a week later.

1986: Bathing Area reserved for the sole use of 'White Race Group'.

1986: Bathing Area reserved for the sole use of 'White Race Group'.

Tests were done to categorize people into Whites/Blacks/Colored or Indians, based on facial features, skin color and appearance of head (and other) hair.

1986: Public toilet reserved for 'Blacks, Coloreds and Asians' on a bus station

1986: Public toilet reserved for 'Blacks, Coloreds and Asians' on a bus station

The 'Pencil Test' mandated that if an individual could hold a pencil in their hair and shook their head without the pencil falling, they could not be classified as White.

1988: 'Bathing area for Whites Only' mentioned on a sign on a beach at Victoria Bay, Western Cape.

1988: 'Bathing area for Whites Only' mentioned on a sign on a beach at Victoria Bay, Western Cape.

The Petty Apartheid of South Africa refrained the people from inter-racial marriages, 'unlawful racial intercourse' or 'any immoral or indecent act'.

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