Life During The Apartheid



List of Laws

Life During the Apartheid

The End of the Apartheid













































The laws of the Apartheid affected virtually every aspect of life. The Population Registration Act of 1950 required all South Africans to be racially classified into one of the three categories: white, black, or colored. Colored included Asi! ans, Indians, and people of mixed decent. The Bantu Authorities Act of 1951 created homelands which were independent states to which all black people were relocated. Four homelands were created, and over nine million black Africans lost their right to vote as well as other political rights because in being relocated to the homelands, they lost their citizenship in South Africa. People living in the homelands were required to carry passports in order to leave the homelands.

An African holds up his passport that was required to access areas outside of the homeland.


Political protest, whether violent or non-violent, was penalized severely. The Public Safety Act and the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1953 allowed the government to declare states of emergency in which they could increase the penalties for protesting. Anyone who protested could be imprisoned for up to six months without a hearing. Thousands of people were tortured, whipped, and sentenced to death during states of emergency.

Mourners at a funeral ceremony for those who were killed by the South African police in the 1960 Sharpeville massacre.