16 Facts About Apartheid


Apartheid was characterized by an authoritarian political culture based on baasskap, which ensured that South Africa was dominated politically, socially, and economically by the nation's minority white population.

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Apartheid sparked significant international and domestic opposition, resulting in some of the most influential global social movements of the 20th century.

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Apartheid legislation was repealed on 17 June 1991, leading to multiracial elections in April 1994.

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Apartheid is an Afrikaans word meaning "separateness", or "the state of being apart", literally "apart-hood".

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Apartheid was to be the basic ideological and practical foundation of Afrikaner politics for the next quarter of a century.

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Apartheid claimed that the only difference was between those in favour of apartheid and those against it.

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Apartheid pervaded culture as well as the law, and was entrenched by most of the mainstream media.

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Apartheid bureaucracy devised complex criteria at the time that the Population Registration Act was implemented to determine who was Coloured.

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The newly founded United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid, scripted and passed Resolution 181 on August 7, 1963, which called upon all states to cease the sale and shipment of all ammunition and military vehicles to South Africa.

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Apartheid was not prepared to dismantle apartheid, but he did try to redress South Africa's isolation and to revitalise the country's global reputation, even those with Black majority rule in Africa.

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Apartheid forbade multiracial sport, which meant that overseas teams, by virtue of them having players of different races, could not play in South Africa.

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The Anti-Apartheid Movement persisted in its campaign for South Africa's exclusion, and the IOC acceded in barring the country from the 1964 Olympic Games.

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Apartheid government made judicious use of extraterritorial operations to eliminate its military and political opponents, arguing that neighbouring states, including their civilian populations, which hosted, tolerated on their soil, or otherwise sheltered anti-apartheid insurgent groups could not evade responsibility for provoking retaliatory strikes.

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Apartheid developed from the racism of colonial factions and due to South Africa's "unique industrialisation".

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Apartheid was dismantled in a series of negotiations from 1990 to 1991, culminating in a transitional period which resulted in the country's 1994 general election, the first in South Africa held with universal suffrage.

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Apartheid accused the South African police of inciting the ANC-IFP violence.

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