Learning through the struggle : an autoethnography of an Azanian youth
Zungu, Bheki Perfect
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South Africans view 1948 as a crucial year in the history of their country. In that year, the National Party came to power with the political policy of apartheid--the enforced segregation of black and white people into different areas. The enactment of apartheid under the laws in 1948 institutionalized racial discrimination in South Africa. The race laws touched every aspect of life: education, work, and social relations. The latter included the prohibition of marriage between non-whites and whites. The sanctions reserved the best for “whites only,” be it jobs or transportation. To make matters worse, the Population Registration Act required that all South Africans be racially classified into one of three categories: white, black (African), or Coloured (of mixed descent). The Coloured category included the major subgroups of Indians and Asians.