So busy in fact, they scored huge victories that put the southern region of the country at risk to come under their control. A plan was finalized to go conventional and use two rifle companies with one being held in reserve for the main attack and securing of the base, while reconnaissance teams and a mortar platoon would provide cover and operate as a blocking force.
As is typical in these types of operations, surprise was crucial, and no air support would be provided. For the next several days, the convoy navigated toward Savate, frequently using reconnaissance units to report changes in troop strength and vehicles at the base. As they got closer, the recon teams used Kayaks to travel both downstream and upstream on the Cubango river to give the latest conditions.
Once all the information was gathered, the two rifle companies disembarked from their vehicles three miles away, and attacked the main encampment at approximately hours on May 21, under the cover of a mortar barrage. The fighting was fierce and fast-paced as the two companies approached from two different directions and swept through the startled garrison, while another unit attacked something just as vital nearby — an airfield. After a UNITA occupying force arrived, the battle-weary men boarded their vehicles and headed back toward Namibia, unaware they had scored one of the greatest victories in the history of South Africa.
After Savate, the Battalion continued hit-and-run raids into Angola, but diverted more of their time toward the other threat that kept pestering them… SWAPO. They operated in mostly small units, using terror tactics for which 32 Battalion proceeded to hunt them down mercilessly. Raised in the art from birth and superior to a bloodhound, they picked up the slightest variance of disturbance on the ground and led ambush teams to encampments where many of the guerrillas were killed as they slept.
To blend in, white members of the ambush teams painted all exposed skin black so as to not give away the units type at a distance if watched during the day. All of these tactics paid off, for during this time 32 Battalion suffered minor losses, while SWAPO by the end of the s was having to force unwilling villagers by gunpoint into their ranks. Since Asians had never been allowed to vote, this resulted in whites being the sole enfranchised group. A study in the Journal of Politics suggests that disenfranchisement in South Africa had a significant negative impact on basic service delivery to the disenfranchised.
Before South Africa became a republic in , politics among white South Africans was typified by the division between the mainly Afrikaner pro-republic conservative and the largely English anti-republican liberal sentiments,  with the legacy of the Boer War still a factor for some people. Once South Africa became a republic, Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd called for improved relations and greater accord between people of British descent and the Afrikaners. The ethnic division would no longer be between Afrikaans and English speakers, but between blacks and whites.
Most Afrikaners supported the notion of unanimity of white people to ensure their safety. White voters of British descent were divided. Many had opposed a republic, leading to a majority "no" vote in Natal. Although Verwoerd tried to bond these different blocs, the subsequent voting illustrated only a minor swell of support,  indicating that a great many English speakers remained apathetic and that Verwoerd had not succeeded in uniting the white population.
Under the homeland system, the government attempted to divide South Africa into a number of separate states, each of which was supposed to develop into a separate nation-state for a different ethnic group. Territorial separation was hardly a new institution. There were, for example, the "reserves" created under the British government in the nineteenth century.
Under apartheid, 13 percent of the land was reserved for black homelands, a small amount relative to its total population, and generally in economically unproductive areas of the country. The Tomlinson Commission of justified apartheid and the homeland system, but stated that additional land ought to be given to the homelands, a recommendation that was not carried out. When Verwoerd became Prime Minister in , the policy of "separate development" came into being, with the homeland structure as one of its cornerstones.
Verwoerd came to believe in the granting of independence to these homelands. In the Promotion of Black Self-Government Act was passed, and border industries and the Bantu Investment Corporation were established to promote economic development and the provision of employment in or near the homelands. Many black South Africans who had never resided in their identified homeland were forcibly removed from the cities to the homelands. The vision of a South Africa divided into multiple ethno-states appealed to the reform-minded Afrikaner intelligensia, and it provided a more coherent philosophical and moral framework for the National Party's racist policies, while also providing a veneer of intellectual respectability to the previously crude policy of baasskap.
Once a homeland was granted its nominal independence, its designated citizens had their South African citizenship revoked and replaced with citizenship in their homeland. These people were then issued passports instead of passbooks. Citizens of the nominally autonomous homelands also had their South African citizenship circumscribed, meaning they were no longer legally considered South African. Bantustans within the borders of South Africa were classified as "self-governing" or "independent".
In theory, self-governing Bantustans had control over many aspects of their internal functioning but were not yet sovereign nations. In reality, they had no significant economic infrastructure and with few exceptions encompassed swaths of disconnected territory.
This meant all the Bantustans were little more than puppet states controlled by South Africa. Throughout the existence of the independent Bantustans, South Africa remained the only country to recognise their independence. Nevertheless, internal organisations of many countries, as well as the South African government, lobbied for their recognition. For example, upon the foundation of Transkei, the Swiss-South African Association encouraged the Swiss government to recognise the new state. In , leading up to a United States House of Representatives resolution urging the President to not recognise Transkei, the South African government intensely lobbied lawmakers to oppose the bill.
During the s, s and early s, the government implemented a policy of "resettlement", to force people to move to their designated "group areas". Millions of people were forced to relocate. These removals included people relocated due to slum clearance programmes, labour tenants on white-owned farms, the inhabitants of the so-called "black spots" black-owned land surrounded by white farms , the families of workers living in townships close to the homelands, and "surplus people" from urban areas, including thousands of people from the Western Cape which was declared a "Coloured Labour Preference Area"  who were moved to the Transkei and Ciskei homelands.
The best-publicised forced removals of the s occurred in Johannesburg , when 60, people were moved to the new township of Soweto an abbreviation for South Western Townships.
The Military Defeat of the South Africans in Angola
Until , Sophiatown had been one of the few urban areas where black people were allowed to own land, and was slowly developing into a multiracial slum. As industry in Johannesburg grew, Sophiatown became the home of a rapidly expanding black workforce, as it was convenient and close to town. It had the only swimming pool for black children in Johannesburg. In the early hours, heavily armed police forced residents out of their homes and loaded their belongings onto government trucks.
Meadowlands became part of a new planned black city called Soweto. Sophiatown was destroyed by bulldozers, and a new white suburb named Triomf Triumph was built in its place. This pattern of forced removal and destruction was to repeat itself over the next few years, and was not limited to black South Africans alone. Some 40, whites were also forced to move when land was transferred from "white South Africa" into the black homelands.
The NP passed a string of legislation that became known as petty apartheid. The first of these was the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act 55 of , prohibiting marriage between whites and people of other races. The Immorality Amendment Act 21 of as amended in by Act 23 forbade "unlawful racial intercourse" and "any immoral or indecent act" between a white and a black, Indian or Coloured person. Blacks were not allowed to run businesses or professional practices in areas designated as "white South Africa" unless they had a permit - such being granted only exceptionally.
They were required to move to the black "homelands" and set up businesses and practices there. Transport and civil facilities were segregated. Trains, hospitals and ambulances were segregated. Blacks were excluded from working in white areas, unless they had a pass, nicknamed the dompas , also spelt dompass or dom pass. The most likely origin of this name is from the Afrikaans "verdomde pas" meaning accursed pass ,  although some commentators ascribe it to the Afrikaans words meaning "dumb pass". Only blacks with "Section 10" rights those who had migrated to the cities before World War II were excluded from this provision.
A pass was issued only to a black with approved work. Spouses and children had to be left behind in black homelands. A pass was issued for one magisterial district usually one town confining the holder to that area only. Being without a valid pass made a person subject to arrest and trial for being an illegal migrant.
This was often followed by deportation to the person's homeland and prosecution of the employer for employing an illegal migrant. Police vans patrolled white areas to round up blacks without passes. Blacks were not allowed to employ whites in white South Africa. Although trade unions for black and Coloured workers had existed since the early 20th century, it was not until the s reforms that a mass black trade union movement developed. Trade unions under apartheid were racially segregated, with 54 unions being white only, 38 for Indian and Coloured and 19 for black people.
The Industrial Conciliation Act legislated against the creation of multi-racial trade unions and attempted to split existing multi-racial unions into separate branches or organisations along racial lines. Each black homeland controlled its own education, health and police systems. Blacks were not allowed to buy hard liquor. They were able only to buy state-produced poor quality beer although this law was relaxed later. Public beaches, swimming pools, some pedestrian bridges, drive-in cinema parking spaces, graveyards, parks, and public toilets were segregated. Cinemas and theatres in white areas were not allowed to admit blacks.
There were practically no cinemas in black areas. Most restaurants and hotels in white areas were not allowed to admit blacks except as staff. Blacks were prohibited from attending white churches under the Churches Native Laws Amendment Act of , but this was never rigidly enforced and churches were one of the few places races could mix without the interference of the law. Blacks earning rand a year or more had to pay taxes while the white threshold was more than twice as high, at rand a year.
On the other hand, the taxation rate for whites was considerably higher than that for blacks. Blacks could never acquire land in white areas. In the homelands, much of the land belonged to a "tribe", where the local chieftain would decide how the land had to be used. This resulted in whites owning almost all the industrial and agricultural lands and much of the prized residential land. Most blacks were stripped of their South African citizenship when the "homelands" became "independent", and they were no longer able to apply for South African passports.
Eligibility requirements for a passport had been difficult for blacks to meet, the government contending that a passport was a privilege, not a right, and the government did not grant many passports to blacks. Apartheid pervaded culture as well as the law, and was entrenched by most of the mainstream media. The population was classified into four groups: African, White, Indian and Coloured capitalised to denote their legal definitions in South African law.
The Coloured group included people regarded as being of mixed descent, including of Bantu , Khoisan , European and Malay ancestry. Many were descended from people brought to South Africa from other parts of the world, such as India , Sri Lanka , Madagascar and China as slaves and indentured workers. The population registration act, Act 30 of , defined South Africans as belonging to one of three races: White, Black or Coloured.
People of Indian ancestry were considered Coloured under this act. Appearance, social and acceptance and descent were used to determine the qualification of an individual into one of the three categories. A white person was described by the act as one whose parents were both white and possessed the "habits, speech, education, deportment and demeanour" of a white person.
Blacks were defined by the act as belonging to an African race or tribe. Lastly, Coloureds were those who could not be classified as black or white. The apartheid bureaucracy devised complex and often arbitrary criteria at the time that the Population Registration Act was implemented to determine who was Coloured. Minor officials would administer tests to determine if someone should be categorised either Coloured or White, or if another person should be categorised either Coloured or Black. The tests included the pencil test , in which a pencil was shoved into the subject's curly hair and the subject made to shake their head.
If the pencil stuck the person was deemed to be Black; if dislodged the person was pronounced Coloured. Other tests involved examining the shapes of jaw lines and buttocks and pinching people to see what language they would say "Ouch" in. Further tests determined membership of the various sub-racial groups of the Coloureds. Many of those formerly classified as Coloured are opposed to the continuing use of the term "coloured" in the post-apartheid era, though the term no longer signifies any legal meaning.
The expressions "so-called Coloured" Afrikaans sogenaamde Kleurlinge and "brown people" bruinmense acquired a wide usage in the s. Discriminated against by apartheid, Coloureds were as a matter of state policy forced to live in separate townships , as defined in the Group Areas Act ,  in some cases leaving homes their families had occupied for generations, and received an inferior education, though better than that provided to Africans.
They played an important role in the anti-apartheid movement : for example the African Political Organization established in had an exclusively Coloured membership. Voting rights were denied to Coloureds in the same way that they were denied to Blacks from to However, in the NP caucus approved proposals to bring Coloureds and Indians into central government. In , final constitutional proposals produced a referendum among Whites, and the Tricameral Parliament was approved. The Constitution was reformed the following year to allow the Coloured and Asian minorities participation in separate Houses in a Tricameral Parliament, and Botha became the first Executive State President.
The idea was that the Coloured minority could be granted voting rights, but the Black majority were to become citizens of independent homelands. The Tricameral reforms led to the formation of the anti-apartheid United Democratic Front as a vehicle to try to prevent the co-option of Coloureds and Indians into an alliance with Whites.
The battles between the UDF and the NP government from to were to become the most intense period of struggle between left-wing and right-wing South Africans. Education was segregated by the Bantu Education Act , which crafted a separate system of education for black South African students and was designed to prepare black people for lives as a labouring class.
Existing universities were not permitted to enroll new black students. The Afrikaans Medium Decree of required the use of Afrikaans and English on an equal basis in high schools outside the homelands. In the s the state spent ten times more per child on the education of white children than on black children within the Bantu Education system the education system in black schools within white South Africa. Higher education was provided in separate universities and colleges after Eight black universities were created in the homelands. Coloureds and Indians were to have their own establishments in the Cape and Natal respectively.
By , before formal Apartheid, 10 universities existed in South-Africa: 4 were Afrikaans, 4 Engels, 1 for Blacks and a Correspondence University open to all ethnic groups. By under apartheid government, 11 new universities were built: 7 for Blacks, 1 for Coloreds, 1 for Indian, 1 for Afrikaans en 1 dual language medium Afrikaans and English. Colonialism and apartheid had a major impact on Black and Coloured women, since they suffered both racial and gender discrimination.
Many Black and Coloured women worked as agricultural or domestic workers, but wages were extremely low, if existent. The controlled movement of black and Coloured workers within the country through the Natives Urban Areas Act of and the pass laws separated family members from one another, because men could prove their employment in urban centres while most women were merely dependents; consequently, they risked being deported to rural areas.
Lack of funds to provide proper equipment would be noticeable in regards to black amateur football matches; this revealed the unequal lives black South Africans were subject to, in contrast to Whites, who were much better off financially. Thus, in an effort to centralise finances, the federations merged in , creating the South African Soccer Federation SASF , which brought Black, Indian, and Coloured national associations into one body that opposed apartheid.
While football was plagued by racism, it also played a role in protesting apartheid and its policies. With the international bans from FIFA and other major sporting events, South Africa would be in the spotlight internationally. In a survey, white South Africans ranked the lack of international sport as one of the three most damaging consequences of apartheid. Black journalists for the Johannesburg Drum magazine were the first to give the issue public exposure, with an intrepid special issue in that asked, "Why shouldn't our blacks be allowed in the SA team?
In the s, as the oppressive system was slowly collapsing the ANC and National Party started negotiations on the end of apartheid. Football associations also discussed the formation of a single, non-racial controlling body. This unity process accelerated in the late s and led to the creation, in December , of an incorporated South African Football Association. Sport has long been an important part of life in South Africa, and the boycotting of games by international teams had a profound effect on the white population, perhaps more so than the trade embargoes did.
After the re-acceptance of South Africa's sports teams by the international community, sport played a major unifying role between the country's diverse ethnic groups. Mandela's open support of the predominantly white rugby fraternity during the Rugby World Cup was considered instrumental in bringing together South African sports fans of all races.
Defining its Asian population, a minority that did not appear to belong to any of the initial three designated non-white groups, was a constant dilemma for the apartheid government. Indian South Africans during apartheid were classified many ranges of categories from "Asian" to "black" [ clarification needed ] to "Coloured" [ clarification needed ] and even the mono-ethnic category of "Indian", but never as white, having been considered "nonwhite" throughout South Africa's history.
The group faced severe discrimination during the apartheid regime and were subject to numerous racialist policies. In a study done by Josephine C. Their study highlighted education, the workplace, and general day to day living. For one specific participant who was a doctor, said that it was considered the norm for Non-White and White doctors to mingle while working at the hospital but when there was any down time or breaks, they were to go back to their segregated quarters.
Not only was there severe segregation for doctors, Non-White, more specifically Indians, were paid three to four times less than their White counterparts. Many Indians described a sense of justified superiority from Whites due to the apartheid laws that, in the minds of White South Africans, legitimised those feelings. Another finding of this study was the psychological damage done to Indians living in South Africa during apartheid.
One of the biggest long-term effects was inter-racial mistrust. Inter-racial mistrust is emotional hatred towards Whites. There was such a strong degree of alienation that left damaging psychological effects of inferiority.
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Indonesians arrived at the Cape of Good Hope as slaves until the abolishment of slavery during the s. They were classified as part of the Coloured racial group. Alongside apartheid, the National Party implemented a programme of social conservatism. Pornography  and gambling  were banned.
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Cinemas, shops selling alcohol and most other businesses were forbidden from opening on Sundays. Television was not introduced until because the government viewed English programming as a threat to the Afrikaans language. Apartheid sparked significant internal resistance. In , the youth wing of the African National Congress ANC took control of the organisation and started advocating a radical black nationalist programme.
The new young leaders proposed that white authority could only be overthrown through mass campaigns. In that philosophy saw the launch of the Programme of Action, a series of strikes, boycotts and civil disobedience actions that led to occasional violent clashes with the authorities. One of those protests was held in the township of Sharpeville , where 69 people were killed by police in the Sharpeville massacre.
In the wake of Sharpeville, the government declared a state of emergency. The resistance went underground, with some leaders in exile abroad and others engaged in campaigns of domestic sabotage and terrorism. In May , before the declaration of South Africa as a Republic, an assembly representing the banned ANC called for negotiations between the members of the different ethnic groupings, threatening demonstrations and strikes during the inauguration of the Republic if their calls were ignored.
When the government overlooked them, the strikers among the main organisers was a year-old, Thembu -origin Nelson Mandela carried out their threats. The government countered swiftly by giving police the authority to arrest people for up to twelve days and detaining many strike leaders amid numerous cases of police brutality. The ANC then chose to launch an armed struggle through a newly formed military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe MK , which would perform acts of sabotage on tactical state structures. Its first sabotage plans were carried out on 16 December , the anniversary of the Battle of Blood River.
BCM endorsed black pride and African customs and did much to alter the feelings of inadequacy instilled among black people by the apartheid system. The leader of the movement, Steve Biko , was taken into custody on 18 August and was beaten to death in detention. In , secondary students in Soweto took to the streets in the Soweto uprising to protest against the imposition of Afrikaans as the only language of instruction. On 16 June, police opened fire on students protesting peacefully.
According to official reports 23 people were killed, but the number of people who died is usually given as , with estimates of up to In parallel with student protests, labour unions started protest action in and After unions and workers are considered to have played an important role in the struggle against apartheid, filling the gap left by the banning of political parties. In black trade unions were legalised and could engage in collective bargaining, although strikes were still illegal.
Economist Thomas Sowell wrote that basic supply and demand led to violations of Apartheid "on a massive scale" throughout the nation, simply because there were not enough white South African business owners to meet the demand for various goods and services. Large portions of the garment industry and construction of new homes, for example, were effectively owned and operated by blacks, who either worked surreptitiously or who circumvented the law with a white person as a nominal, figurehead manager.
In , anti-apartheid leaders determined to resist the tricameral parliament assembled to form the United Democratic Front UDF in order to coordinate anti-apartheid activism inside South Africa. Basing its platform on abolishing apartheid and creating a nonracial democratic South Africa, the UDF provided a legal way for domestic human rights groups and individuals of all races to organise demonstrations and campaign against apartheid inside the country. Churches and church groups also emerged as pivotal points of resistance.
Church leaders were not immune to prosecution, and certain faith-based organisations were banned, but the clergy generally had more freedom to criticise the government than militant groups did. The UDF, coupled with the protection of the church, accordingly permitted a major role for Archbishop Desmond Tutu , who served both as a prominent domestic voice and international spokesperson denouncing apartheid and urging the creation of a shared nonracial state.
Although the majority of whites supported apartheid, some 20 percent did not. Extra-parliamentary resistance was largely centred in the South African Communist Party and women's organisation the Black Sash. Women were also notable in their involvement in trade union organisations and banned political parties. Weeks later, tensions came to a head in the Sharpeville Massacre , resulting in more international condemnation.
Soon afterwards, Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd announced a referendum on whether the country should become a republic. Verwoerd lowered the voting age for Whites to eighteen years of age and included Whites in South West Africa on the roll. As a consequence of this change of status, South Africa needed to reapply for continued membership of the Commonwealth , with which it had privileged trade links.
India had become a republic within the Commonwealth in , but it became clear that African and Asian member states would oppose South Africa due to its apartheid policies. As a result, South Africa withdrew from the Commonwealth on 31 May , the day that the Republic came into existence. We stand here today to salute the United Nations Organisation and its Member States, both singly and collectively, for joining forces with the masses of our people in a common struggle that has brought about our emancipation and pushed back the frontiers of racism. At the first UN gathering in , South Africa was placed on the agenda.
The primary subject in question was the handling of South African Indians, a great cause of divergence between South Africa and India. In , apartheid was again discussed in the aftermath of the Defiance Campaign, and the UN set up a task team to keep watch on the progress of apartheid and the racial state of affairs in South Africa. Although South Africa's racial policies were a cause for concern, most countries in the UN concurred that this was a domestic affair, which fell outside the UN's jurisdiction.
In April , the UN's conservative stance on apartheid changed following the Sharpeville massacre , and the Security Council for the first time agreed on concerted action against the apartheid regime, demanding an end to racial separation and discrimination. The Security Council also condemned the Soweto massacre in Resolution In , the voluntary UN arms embargo became mandatory with the passing of Resolution After much debate, by the lates, the United States, the United Kingdom, and 23 other nations had passed laws placing various trade sanctions on South Africa.
A disinvestment from South Africa movement in many countries was similarly widespread, with individual cities and provinces around the world implementing various laws and local regulations forbidding registered corporations under their jurisdiction from doing business with South African firms, factories, or banks. Pope John Paul II was an outspoken opponent of apartheid. In , while visiting the Netherlands , he gave an impassioned speech at the International Court of Justice condemning apartheid, proclaiming that "no system of apartheid or separate development will ever be acceptable as a model for the relations between peoples or races.
During his visit to Zimbabwe , he called for economic sanctions against the South African government. Its primary objectives were to eradicate colonialism and improve social, political and economic situations in Africa. It censured apartheid and demanded sanctions against South Africa. African states agreed to aid the liberation movements in their fight against apartheid. The Lusaka Manifesto summarised the political situations of self-governing African countries, condemning racism and inequity, and calling for Black majority rule in all African nations.
Although African leaders supported the emancipation of Black South Africans, they preferred this to be attained through peaceful means. South Africa's negative response to the Lusaka Manifesto and rejection of a change to its policies brought about another OAU announcement in October The Mogadishu Declaration stated that South Africa's rebuffing of negotiations meant that its Black people could only be freed through military means, and that no African state should converse with the apartheid government.
In , B. Vorster became Prime Minister. He 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. This he called his "Outward-Looking" policy. Vorster's willingness to talk to African leaders stood in contrast to Verwoerd's refusal to engage with leaders such as Abubakar Tafawa Balewa of Nigeria in and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia in In , he met the heads of the neighbouring states of Lesotho , Swaziland and Botswana.
In , he offered technological and financial aid to any African state prepared to receive it, asserting that no political strings were attached, aware that many African states needed financial aid despite their opposition to South Africa's racial policies. Many were also tied to South Africa economically because of their migrant labour population working down the South African mines. Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland remained outspoken critics of apartheid, but were dependent on South African economic assistance.
Malawi was the first not-neighbouring country to accept South African aid. In , the two states set out their political and economic relations, and in ; Malawi was the only country at the assembly which did not sign the Lusaka Manifesto condemning South Africa' apartheid policy. In , Malawian president Hastings Banda made his first and most successful official stopover in South Africa. Associations with Mozambique followed suit and were sustained after that country won its sovereignty in Angola was also granted South African loans.
Although these states condemned apartheid more than ever after South Africa's denunciation of the Lusaka Manifesto , South Africa's economic and military dominance meant that they remained dependent on South Africa to varying degrees [ clarification needed ]. South Africa's isolation in sport began in the mids and increased throughout the s. Apartheid forbade multiracial sport, which meant that overseas teams, by virtue of them having players of different races, could not play in South Africa.
The apartheid government responded by confiscating the passports of the Board's players so that they were unable to attend international games. The IOC sent South Africa a caution to the effect that, if there were no changes, they would be barred from competing at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Foreign complaints about South Africa's bigoted sports brought more isolation. Racially selected New Zealand sports teams toured South Africa, until the All Blacks rugby tour allowed Maori to enter the country under the status of "honorary Whites". Vorster succeeded Verwoerd as Prime Minister in following his assassination, and declared that South Africa would no longer dictate to other countries what their teams should look like.
Although this reopened the gate for international sporting meets, it did not signal the end of South Africa's racist sporting policies. Vorster said that the side had been chosen only to prove a point, and not on merit. Vorster had expected Bradman to allow the tour of the Australian cricket team to go ahead, but things became heated after Bradman asked why Black sportsmen were not allowed to play cricket.
Vorster stated that Blacks were intellectually inferior and had no finesse for the game. On his return to Australia , Bradman released a short statement: "We will not play them until they choose a team on a non-racist basis. This was the first time a predominantly White nation had taken the side of multiracial sport, producing an unsettling resonance that more "White" boycotts were coming.
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In , Vorster altered his policies even further by distinguishing multiracial from multinational sport. Multiracial sport, between teams with players of different races, remained outlawed; multinational sport, however, was now acceptable: international sides would not be subject to South Africa's racial stipulations.
In , Nigeria boycotted the Commonwealth Games because New Zealand's sporting contacts with the South African government were not considered to be in accordance with the Gleneagles Agreement. Nigeria also led the nation boycott of the Commonwealth Games because of UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's ambivalent attitude towards sporting links with South Africa, significantly affecting the quality and profitability of the Games and thus thrusting apartheid into the international spotlight. In the s, the Anti-Apartheid Movements began to campaign for cultural boycotts of apartheid South Africa.
Artists were requested not to present or let their works be hosted in South Africa. In , 45 British writers put their signatures to an affirmation approving of the boycott, and, in , American actor Marlon Brando called for a similar affirmation for films. Over sixty American artists signed a statement against apartheid and against professional links with the state. Other Western countries adopted a more ambivalent position. In the s, the Reagan administration and the Thatcher ministry in the UK followed a " constructive engagement " policy with the apartheid government, vetoing the imposition of UN economic sanctions, justified by a belief in free trade and a vision of South Africa as a bastion against Marxist forces in Southern Africa.
Thatcher declared the ANC a terrorist organisation,  and in her spokesman, Bernard Ingham , famously said that anyone who believed that the ANC would ever form the government of South Africa was "living in cloud cuckoo land ". By the lates, with no sign of a political resolution in South Africa, Western patience began to run out.
Thatcher too began to take a similar line, but insisted on the suspension of the ANC's armed struggle. The UK's significant economic involvement in South Africa may have provided some leverage with the South African government, with both the UK and the US applying pressure and pushing for negotiations. However, neither the UK nor the US was willing to apply economic pressure upon their multinational interests in South Africa, such as the mining company Anglo American. During the s, South African military strategy was decisively shaped by fears of Communist espionage and a conventional Soviet threat to the strategic Cape trade route between the south Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Soviet support for militant anti-apartheid movements worked in the government's favour, as its claim to be reacting in opposition to aggressive Communist expansion gained greater plausibility, and helped it justify its own domestic militarisation methods, known as "Total Strategy". Shimon Peres said that The Guardian ' s article was based on "selective interpretation As a result of "Total Strategy", South African society became increasingly militarised. Many domestic civil organisations were modelled upon military structures, and military virtues such as discipline, patriotism, and loyalty were highly regarded.
From the lates to the lates, defence budgets in South Africa were raised exponentially. Total Strategy was advanced in the context of MK, PLAN, and Azanian People's Liberation Army APLA guerrilla raids into South Africa or against South African targets in South West Africa; frequent South African reprisal attacks on these movements' external bases in Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and elsewhere, often involving collateral damage to foreign infrastructure and civilian populations; and periodic complaints brought before the international community about South African violations of its neighbours' sovereignty.
The 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. External South African military operations were aimed at eliminating the training facilities, safehouses, infrastructure, equipment, and manpower of the insurgents.
The scale and intensity of foreign operations varied, and ranged from small special forces units carrying out raids on locations across the border which served as bases for insurgent infiltration to major conventional offensives involving armour, artillery, and aircraft. As it became clearer that full-scale conventional operations could not effectively fulfill the requirements of a regional counter-insurgency effort, South Africa turned to a number of alternative methods.
Retributive artillery bombardments were the least sophisticated means of reprisal against insurgent attacks. Between and the SADF directed artillery fire against locations in Angola and Zambia from which insurgent rockets were suspected to have been launched. Also noteworthy were South African transnational espionage efforts, which included covert assassinations, kidnappings, and attempts to disrupt the overseas influence of anti-apartheid organisations. South African military intelligence agents were known to have abducted and killed anti-apartheid activists and others suspected of having ties to MK in London and Brussels.
During the s the government, led by P. Botha , became increasingly preoccupied with security. It set up a powerful state security apparatus to "protect" the state against an anticipated upsurge in political violence that the reforms were expected to trigger. The s became a period of considerable political unrest, with the government becoming increasingly dominated by Botha's circle of generals and police chiefs known as securocrats , who managed the various States of Emergencies. Botha's years in power were marked also by numerous military interventions in the states bordering South Africa, as well as an extensive military and political campaign to eliminate SWAPO in Namibia.
Within South Africa, meanwhile, vigorous police action and strict enforcement of security legislation resulted in hundreds of arrests and bans, and an effective end to the African National Congress' sabotage campaign. The government punished political offenders brutally. As the s progressed, more and more anti-apartheid organisations were formed and affiliated with the UDF. Led by the Reverend Allan Boesak and Albertina Sisulu, the UDF called for the government to abandon its reforms and instead abolish the apartheid system and eliminate the homelands completely.
Serious political violence was a prominent feature from —89, as Black townships became the focus of the struggle between anti-apartheid organisations and the Botha government. Throughout the s, township people resisted apartheid by acting against the local issues that faced their particular communities. The focus of much of this resistance was against the local authorities and their leaders, who were seen to be supporting the government. By , it had become the ANC's aim to make Black townships "ungovernable" a term later replaced by "people's power" by means of rent boycotts and other militant action.
Numerous township councils were overthrown or collapsed, to be replaced by unofficial popular organisations, often led by militant youth. People's courts were set up, and residents accused of being government agents were dealt extreme and occasionally lethal punishments. Black town councillors and policemen, and sometimes their families, were attacked with petrol bombs, beaten, and murdered by necklacing , where a burning tyre was placed around the victim's neck, after they were restrained by wrapping their wrists with barbed wire. This signature act of torture and murder was embraced by the ANC and its leaders.
On 20 July , Botha declared a State of Emergency in 36 magisterial districts. An increasing number of organisations were banned or listed restricted in some way ; many individuals had restrictions such as house arrest imposed on them. During this state of emergency, about 2, people were detained under the Internal Security Act.
The government could implement curfews controlling the movement of people. The president could rule by decree without referring to the constitution or to parliament. It became a criminal offence to threaten someone verbally or possess documents that the government perceived to be threatening, to advise anyone to stay away from work or to oppose the government, and to disclose the name of anyone arrested under the State of Emergency until the government released that name, with up to ten years' imprisonment for these offences.
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Detention without trial became a common feature of the government's reaction to growing civil unrest and by , 30, people had been detained. On 12 June , four days before the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the state of emergency was extended to cover the whole country. The government amended the Public Security Act, including the right to declare "unrest" areas, allowing extraordinary measures to crush protests in these areas.
Severe censorship of the press became a dominant tactic in the government's strategy and television cameras were banned from entering such areas. Media opposition to the system increased, supported by the growth of a pro-ANC underground press within South Africa. In , the State of Emergency was extended for another two years. Meanwhile, about , members of the National Union of Mineworkers commenced the longest strike three weeks in South African history.
The year saw the banning of the activities of the UDF and other anti-apartheid organisations. Much of the violence in the lates and earlys was directed at the government, but a substantial amount was between the residents themselves. It was later proven that the government manipulated the situation by supporting one side or the other whenever it suited them. Government agents assassinated opponents within South Africa and abroad; they undertook cross-border army and air-force attacks on suspected ANC and PAC bases.
The ANC and the PAC in return detonated bombs at restaurants, shopping centres and government buildings such as magistrates courts. Between , according to statistics from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission , the Inkatha Freedom Party was responsible for 4, deaths, South African security forces were responsible for 2, deaths and the ANC was responsible for 1, deaths. The state of emergency continued until , when it was lifted by State President F. Apartheid developed from the racism of colonial factions and due to South Africa's "unique industrialisation".
This also led to its collapse as "Clarkes emphasises the economy could not provide and compete with foreign rivals as they failed to master cheap labour and complex chemistry". The contradictions [ clarification needed ] in the traditionally capitalist economy of the apartheid state led to considerable debate about racial policy, and division and conflicts in the central state.
External Western influence, arising from European experiences in colonisation, may be seen as a factor which greatly influenced political attitudes and ideology. Late twentieth-century South Africa was cited as an "unreconstructed example of western civilisation twisted by racism". In the s, South Africa experienced economic growth second only to that of Japan.
In , resistance to apartheid was encouraged by Portuguese withdrawal from Mozambique and Angola , after the Carnation Revolution. The Mahlabatini Declaration of Faith , signed by Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Harry Schwarz in , enshrined the principles of peaceful transition of power and equality for all. Its purpose was to provide a blueprint for South Africa by consent and racial peace in a multi-racial society, stressing opportunity for all, consultation, the federal concept, and a Bill of Rights.
It caused a split in the United Party that ultimately realigned oppositional politics in South Africa with the formation of the Progressive Federal Party in The Declaration was the first of several such joint agreements by acknowledged Black and White political leaders in South Africa. His white minority regime worried about Soviet aid to revolutionaries in South Africa at the same time that South African economic growth had slowed.
The South African Government noted that it was spending too much money to maintain segregated homelands created for Blacks, and the homelands were proving to be uneconomical. Nor was maintaining Blacks as third-class citizens working well. Black labour remained vital to the economy, and illegal Black labour unions were flourishing.
Botha's regime feared that an antidote was needed to prevent the Blacks' being attracted to Communism. In the s, anti-apartheid movements in the United States and Europe were gaining support for boycotts against South Africa, for the withdrawal of US companies from South Africa, and for release of imprisoned Nelson Mandela. South Africa was sinking to the bottom of the international community. Investment in South Africa was ending and an active policy of disinvestment had begun.
In the earlys, Botha's National Party government started to recognise the inevitability of the need to reform the apartheid system. However, the White chamber had a large majority on this Cabinet, ensuring that effective control of the country remained in the hands of the White minority. Concerned over the popularity of Mandela, Botha denounced him as an arch- Marxist committed to violent revolution, but to appease Black opinion and nurture Mandela as a benevolent leader of Blacks, [ citation needed ] the government transferred him from the maximum security Robben Island to the lower security Pollsmoor Prison just outside Cape Town ; where prison life was more comfortable for him.
The government allowed Mandela more visitors, including visits and interviews by foreigners, to let the world know that he was being treated well. Black homelands were declared nation-states and pass laws were abolished. Black labour unions were legitimised, the government recognised the right of Blacks to live in urban areas permanently and gave Blacks property rights there. Interest was expressed in rescinding the law against interracial marriage and also rescinding the law against sexual relations between different races, which was under ridicule abroad.
The spending for Black schools increased, to one-seventh of what was spent per White child, up from on one-sixteenth in At the same time, attention was given to strengthening the effectiveness of the police apparatus. In January , Botha addressed the government's House of Assembly and stated that the government was willing to release Mandela on condition that Mandela pledge opposition to acts of violence to further political objectives. Mandela described violence as the responsibility of the apartheid regime and said that with democracy there would be no need for violence.
The crowd listening to the reading of his speech erupted in cheers and chants. This response helped to further elevate Mandela's status in the eyes of those, both internationally and domestically, who opposed apartheid. Between , some petty apartheid laws were repealed, along with the pass laws. Ironically, these reforms served only to trigger intensified political violence through the remainder of the s as more communities and political groups across the country joined the resistance movement.
Botha's government stopped short of substantial reforms, such as lifting the ban on the ANC, PAC and SACP and other liberation organisations, releasing political prisoners, or repealing the foundation laws of grand apartheid. The government's stance was that they would not contemplate negotiating until those organisations "renounced violence". By , South Africa's economy was growing at one of the lowest rates in the world, and the ban on South African participation in international sporting events was frustrating many Whites in South Africa.
Whispers of South Africa one day having a Black President sent more hardline Whites into supporting right-wing political parties. Mandela was moved to a four-bedroom house of his own, with a swimming pool and shaded by fir trees, on a prison farm just outside of Cape Town. He had an unpublicised meeting with Botha. Botha impressed Mandela by walking forward, extending his hand and pouring Mandela's tea. The two had a friendly discussion, with Mandela comparing the African National Congress' rebellion with that of the Afrikaner rebellion and talking about everyone being brothers.
A number of clandestine meetings were held between the ANC-in-exile and various sectors of the internal struggle, such as women and educationalists. Early in , Botha suffered a stroke; he was prevailed upon to resign in February Despite his initial reputation as a conservative, de Klerk moved decisively towards negotiations to end the political stalemate in the country.
The Land Act was brought to an end. De Klerk also made his first public commitment to release Nelson Mandela, to return to press freedom and to suspend the death penalty. Media restrictions were lifted and political prisoners not guilty of common law crimes were released. Apartheid was dismantled in a series of negotiations from —91, culminating in a transitional period which resulted in the country's general election , the first in South Africa held with universal suffrage.
In , negotiations were earnestly begun, with two meetings between the government and the ANC. The purpose of the negotiations was to pave the way for talks towards a peaceful transition towards majority rule. These meetings were successful in laying down the preconditions for negotiations, despite the considerable tensions still abounding within the country. Apartheid legislation was abolished in The meeting was held at Groote Schuur , the President's official residence. They released the Groote Schuur Minute, which said that before negotiations commenced political prisoners would be freed and all exiles allowed to return.
There were fears that the change of power would be violent. To avoid this, it was essential that a peaceful resolution between all parties be reached. In December , the Convention for a Democratic South Africa CODESA began negotiations on the formation of a multiracial transitional government and a new constitution extending political rights to all groups. Reforms and negotiations to end apartheid led to a backlash among the right-wing White opposition, leading to the Conservative Party winning a number of by-elections against NP candidates.
De Klerk responded by calling a Whites-only referendum in March to decide whether negotiations should continue. The ANC and the government could not reach a compromise on how power should be shared during the transition to democracy. The NP wanted to retain a strong position in a transitional government, and the power to change decisions made by parliament. Persistent violence added to the tension during the negotiations. This was due mostly to the intense rivalry between the Inkatha Freedom Party IFP and the ANC and the eruption of some traditional tribal and local rivalries between the Zulu and Xhosa historical tribal affinities, especially in the Southern Natal provinces.
Although Mandela and Buthelezi met to settle their differences, they could not stem the violence. Witnesses said that the men had arrived in police vehicles, supporting claims that elements within the police and army contributed to the ongoing violence. Subsequent judicial inquiries found the evidence of the witnesses to be unreliable or discredited, and that there was no evidence of National Party or police involvement in the massacre.
When de Klerk visited the scene of the incident he was initially warmly welcomed, but he was suddenly confronted by a crowd of protesters brandishing stones and placards. The motorcade sped from the scene as police tried to hold back the crowd. Shots were fired by the police, and the PAC stated that three of its supporters had been gunned down. Mandela argued that de Klerk, as head of state, was responsible for bringing an end to the bloodshed. The Bisho massacre on 7 September brought matters to a head. In the aftermath, Mandela and de Klerk agreed to meet to find ways to end the spiralling violence.
This led to a resumption of negotiations. Right-wing violence also added to the hostilities of this period. The assassination of Chris Hani on 10 April threatened to plunge the country into chaos. Hani enjoyed widespread support beyond his constituency in the SACP and ANC and had been recognised as a potential successor to Mandela; his death brought forth protests throughout the country and across the international community, but ultimately proved a turning point, after which the main parties pushed for a settlement with increased determination.
The PAC was hoping to strengthen their standing by attracting the support of the angry, impatient youth. In , de Klerk and Mandela were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa". Violence persisted right up to the general election. Lucas Mangope , leader of the Bophuthatswana homeland, declared that it would not take part in the elections. It had been decided that, once the temporary constitution had come into effect, the homelands would be incorporated into South Africa, but Mangope did not want this to happen.
Three AWB militants were killed during this intervention, and harrowing images were shown on national television and in newspapers across the world. Two days before the election, a car bomb exploded in Johannesburg, killing nine people. At midnight on 26—27 April the old flag was lowered, and the old now co-official national anthem Die Stem "The Call" was sung, followed by the raising of the new rainbow flag and singing of the other co-official anthem, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika "God Bless Africa".
The election was held on 27 April and went off peacefully throughout the country as 20,, South Africans cast their votes. There was some difficulty in organising the voting in rural areas, but people waited patiently for many hours to vote amidst a palpable feeling of goodwill. An extra day was added to give everyone the chance.
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International observers agreed that the elections were free and fair. In particular, it expressed disquiet that "no international observers had been allowed to be present at the crucial stage of the count when party representatives negotiated over disputed ballots. The ANC won The NP captured most of the White and Coloured votes and became the official opposition party. Thabo Mbeki and de Klerk were made deputy presidents.
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