Did Apartheid Really Work?

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Apartheid Coursework I agree with source K as it says "Apartheid could never work and was harmful to South Africa". I agree with this because we find out that Apartheid caused the whole of South Africa to become ungovernable and in some parts of South Africa, states of emergency were declared. All Apartheid was the government being incredibly racist towards the black population.

In the late 1940's through to the mid 1950's, many laws were passed the prohibited the black population to do many things. I will go through some of the laws now.

The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act (1949): This made it illegal for people of different races to marry.

The Population Registration Act (1950): This forced each South African into a particular racial category. One aim of this was to prevent the population of Cape Coloured South Africans from being treated as whites. Coloured families suffered the worse, in some cases, people from the same family were being classified differently.

The Suppression of Communism Act (1950): This not only banned communism but also any other political group from operating in South Africa.

The Native Laws Amendment Act (1952): This controlled the movement of blacks in and out of towns and cities.

The Abolition of Passes Act: Although the name suggests that passes were banned, this was the total opposite. This law forced all black men living in "˜white' areas to carry a passbook or reference book containing information such as tax receipts, driver's licenses and an identity document with their name, age, sex, ethnic classification, photograph, pass number and fingerprints. Without a pass, living and working in a "˜white' area was illegal. Also, a passbook had to be renewed every week, meaning that black people had to wait outside government buildings for days.

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