The History Of South Africa Essay

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The History of South Africa and Its Significance
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South Africa is one of the nations on the planet with the richest history. Its history spans through time from the Prehistoric South Africa (ancient and medieval history), to the colonization all through the apartheid era and the democratic south Africa. This paper will look at the most significant era in the history of South Africa, that is, the apartheid era.
In 1936, all South African blacks were moved to a separate voters’ roll. This was the mark of the beginning of a dark era in the history of South Africa. This voters’ roll as subsequently abolished altogether in 1970. ...view middle of the document...

Oppositions by the Black and Colored began to merge, and principal figures such as, Abdullah Abdurahman, Walter Rubusana and John Jabavu set the ground for fresh non-tribal black political groups. One of the most significant was a Columbia University-educated advocate, Pixley ka Isaka Seme. He assembled agents of the several African tribes to create a united, national union to represent blacks’ interests, making sure they had an active voice in the new Union. Thus the South African Native National Congress, recognized from 1923 as the African National Congress (ANC), was born (Joyce, 2004). From 1948, the prevailing racial discrimination scheme and human rights denial into the legal system of apartheid was extended by consecutive National Party administrations. This led to the banning of the ANC and this persisted until 1991 (Thompson, 2001).
The cumulative pressure from local and international resistance to apartheid in the 1980s, counting extensive civil unrest, an armed struggle, , and pressure from the anti-apartheid movement around the world, and economic and cultural sanctions by the international community , FW de Klerk (State President) proclaimed the unbanning of...

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