• In general. Black people had no right to vote. No right to education. Could not use the same toilets as whites. Had to carry a "pass book" which literally kept them from moving around the country. So they rebelled and there were riots from time to time. The most shocking "apartheid" incident was the "Sharpeville riots" were police opened fire on rioters as well as anybody in the way. Hope this helps from a generalized point of view.
  • I was born in SA during apartheid, and lived here the whole time until it ended with the first democratic elections in 1994. I'm not white, so I got to experience it first hand. Basically what happened on a daily basis was that your race group officially defined where you could live, where you could to go school, who you could marry or date, which facilities and amenities you could use, which part of the train you could ride on, which beach you could go to, which pool you could swim in etc. You couldn't vote if you weren't white. As time went by even before 1994, some of these measures were gradually relaxed, but that's a pretty accurate picture. A great story which gives you some sense of how deeply it pervaded everyday life - I remember my mom once admiring a hat in a shop in a white area, but when she wanted to try it on, the sales assistant would only agree to try it on her own head for my mom to look at, rather than letting my mom put it on her head! Visit the website of the Apartheid Museum to find out more -
  • Both greekgod and Quarkum captured it right......

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