Rise to Glory: Kingdoms of the South
EFFECTS OF APARTHEID
Apartheid affected most people in South Africa in some way. For
most whites, privilege was made more secure. But for most South
Africans apartheid meant great hardship.
The Group Areas Act affected the lives of thousands of people,
in that many people were forcibly removed from their homes because
they were living in mixed race areas that the government had
allocated to other races, usually whites.
Whole communities were transported by the police to new areas
far away from their old homes, which were often bulldozed to the
ground. In rural areas any blacks who farmed in white areas were
removed, to reduce the competition to white farmers. This had a
profound impact on traditional society, which was often based on
land ownership and the possession of cattle.
Families were broken down by the Pass laws, which made it
impossible for a man to bring his family with him when he went to
work in town. Men lived in hostels in the townships, while their
families stayed at home in poverty in the rural areas. Because
poverty was so widespread, most young men weren't even able to pay
a bride price.