Apartheid

The oppressive system of racial segregation Apartheid aimed to separate the different race groups completely through laws like the Population Registration Act, Group areas Act and Bantu Education Act, and through stricter pass laws and forced removals.

Stop killing our people

Under the apartheid government many families lost their loved ones because of the heavy hand of the state against anti-apartheid persons.

TV news clips

A selection of news clips showing the state of South Africa in 1990

Mazimbu Community

During the exile years ANC taught its cadres the culture of responsibility on what it termed four pillars of struggle: Fight, Mobilize, Produce and Learn.

State brutality

During the years of the apartheid regime, Blacks were very vulnerable to state brutality. Their anti-government demonstrations were met by state violence and often arrested under the section 10 laws. Here is a young man that was abused by state security forces

South Africa 1985

Excerpts of speeches from the white apartheid regime and from its opponents.

The Freedom Charter – 30th Anniversary

The Freedom Charter was adopted in Kliptown in 1955. It is a significant document in the history of this country as it paved the way to a non-racial, non-sexist South Africa.

UDF Million signature campaign

The formation of UDF in South Africa revitalised and conscientized the Black people about their political rights. The UDF became an umbrella body to many formations and it adopted the Freedom Charter as its policy document.

PW Botha and Pik Botha

South African apartheid government President P W Botha (Prime Minister 1978-1984 and the first Executive State President from 1984-1989) and his minister of Foreign Affairs, Pik Botha consult with one another.

Freedom Day

A celebration of SA Freedom Day on June 26.

Attacks on the regime

During 1981 there were more than 90 armed actions against the regime and its installations — police stations, railway lines, power plants, military bases and recruiting offices.

Bantu Affairs

Bantu Affairs Administration Board (BAAB) notice in Cape Town. The BAAB was formed in 1972-73 as an apartheid instrument to control the Black population in the cities. The board reads: "Any person, other than a Bantu, desirous of entering this Bantu residential area shall prior to, or on arrival, apply for an entry permit at the office of the superintendent."

MEDU poster

Many artists who were against the apartheid government campaigned for the isolation of apartheid artists.

Poverty in the townships

The poor living conditions of a family under apartheid.

Hostel dwellers

Single sex hostel dwellers during the apartheid government days. Millions of Black South African workers were confined to living in single sex hostels. They were not allowed to bring their families to the cities. In the rural areas, women and children were forced to make a living on the land while money was sent home from the men in the city. Many families spent eleven months apart. The system produced numerous social evils that South African society is still fighting to overcome.

The courage of our youth ensures our victory

During the apartheid years artists from different walks of life came together to support the boycott of culture under apartheid regime.

Don’t entertain apartheid – support the cultural boycott!

During the apartheid years artists from different walks of life came together to support the boycott of culture under apartheid regime.

UDF – Don’t vote in apartheid elections

The formation of UDF in South Africa revitalised and conscientized the Black people about their political rights. The UDF became an umbrella body to many formations and it adopted the Freedom Charter as its policy document.