9 Ugly Ways Apartheid Still Thrives In The Present Day South Africa

Apartheid as a word is almost the synonym of South Africa. For it is almost if not impossible to name the word without talking about South Africa. The word emanated from “apart-hood” which literally means “the state of being apart”, and from 1948 to the mid 90’s, apartheid represented a system of racial segregation in South Africa which was enforced via the legislation of the National Party to extensively abridge the rights of the black populace of South Africa.

As Peter Abrahams inscribed in his novel “Tell Freedom” all the good things of life were then “Reserved For Whites Only”. So, apartheid by extension refers to the forms of systematic segregation. If that’s the case, here are evidence that will reveal the masked face of apartheid in South Africa.

Apartheid In The Present Day South Africa

1. Orania

The All-White City

oraniaYou’ll know apartheid still exists in South Africa when you read Carel Boshoff IV’s statement. Carel, the great son-in-law of the former prime minister Henrik Verwoerd, that orchestrated apartheid, told Sowetan Live that “when new people come to Orania, they are interviewed by a group of people to make sure that they have sufficient understanding of what the town is about.” With such a statement, one begins to understand why all the residents of Orania are the descendants of white migrants of Dutch and German. Could it be that the black faces that appeared in Orania failed the said interview and were disqualified as ineligible to live in Orania? Why are there no blacks in Orania? Despite claims by the white community in Orania that the town is not racist, the only reasonable answer to the questions above is apartheid.

2. Unequal Standards Of Living

Blacks Are Left Behind

unequal standard of livingA vast majority of citizens materially excluded in South Africa are blacks. A study that categorized and measured the standard of living of South Africans reported that an overwhelming majority of the poor are blacks. Data from the study revealed that 35.4 percent of black South Africans are in the lowest four Living Standard Measure (LSM) categories, 48.2 percent are in the middle categories and 16.3 percent are in the highest four categories. Whereas for white South Africans, 0% are in the lowest four LSM groups 5% are in the middle categories, and 95% are in the top four categories.

See Also: 10 Moments of Change And Their Significance
In South African History

3. Rejection Of Interracial Marriage

racial marriageInterracial marriage, the most intimate of the forms of integration received the lowest level of approval from South Africans. With that, one can absolutely infer that the blacks, whites and colored South Africans do not want to bond. They do not want any link, connection or union. Thus they have effectively stayed apart. That’s definitely something apartheid can cause.

4. Unequal Education

Unequal Education

Yes, racial segregation which is a profound indicator of apartheid was officially abolished about 20 years ago. However, the schools attended by South African students are still largely categorized based on race. Schools dominated by white students are functional whereas those that are attended by a majority of blacks struggle to bestow the much-needed literacy ability. Check out the quality of private schools in South Africa which predominantly serve white students, then do the same for schools with poor facilities and less qualified teachers, I guarantee you will find no white student there.

READ
10 Stereotypes About South African Girls That Aren't Always True

5. Unequal Employment Opportunities

Unequal Employment OpportunitiesThe quality of education provided for the white as enabled by the apartheid government ensured that majority of whites retained good jobs and that still happens up to date. As such, South Africans have consistently experienced a huge disparity in job distribution where the minority whites are largely employed and the black majority are hugely unemployed. One can conclusively say the blacks in South Africa are set-apart for unemployment.

6. The Black Phobia

SAFRICA-VIOLENCE/The obsessive and sometimes irrational fear of the black race by the whites effectively kept the white race apart from the blacks in South Africa. MailOnline once reported that Kobus Jonck, a sheep farmer residing in Orania (the all-white town) expressed this fear when he opined that the whites are safe in Orainia as they do not have to worry about locking their cars and house doors at night. Now that’s just not right.

7. Unhealthy Racial Integration

Unhealthy Racial IntegrationLook around you, you’ll surely observe that the blacks and whites in South Africa are socially apart. The SARB (South African Reconciliation Barometer) 2014 results show that “racial identities are becoming stronger while a united South African identity is becoming weaker”. Only about 27 percent of South African citizens always or often on ordinary weekdays interact with other citizens of another race. 26 percent do same sometimes whereas 44 percent of South African population hardly or never speak to someone with a different skin color.

8. Residential Segregation

Residential SegregationAlthough there have been changes in the residential pattern of South Africans since the abolition of racial segregation, residential segregation still exists in South Africa. Hence signifying that apartheid is not dead in South Africa. The white South Africans are largely residing in the most affluent urban and suburban areas while the blacks are dominating the densely populated locations found on impoverished edges of major cities with a majority of them living in shack homes.

READ
10 Shaka Zulu Facts That Will Shock Your Knowledge of History

9. Persisting “Colored” Identity Crisis.

coloredThe fact that the term ‘colored’ is still used to describe people of mixed race descendants suggests that Apartheid is not completely eradicated. The “not white enough” and “not black enough” syndrome is very much around as it emphasizes the need for the identity of mixed race descendants of South Africans to be primarily recognized as South African citizens, without the “colored” descriptive antedate.

Was this article helpful?
Nedu Raymond
Nedu Raymond
An advocate of closed-back headphones, horror movies, and dark humor; Raymond believes Peter Griffin and Stan Smith should be real people. Outside of having to write, edit, and work on other forms of content, he may keep up with the EPL or listen to everything Eminem and Jon Bellion.
data-matched-content-rows-num="2" data-matched-content-columns-num="4" data-matched-content-ui-type="image_stacked" data-ad-format="autorelaxed">

Recommended

Dissecting Yolanda Mvelase’s Age and The Love Story That Made Her Kwesta’s Wife

Everyone loves to hear a good love story, especially, one with a happy ending which seems to be the case for -year-old Yolanda Mvelase...

Sordid Details Of Thabile Dube’s Time as Benjamin Dube’s Wife

Thabile Dube is a beautiful, vibrant, and hard-working woman who is best considered the Dube ministry's first lady. She used to be a huge...

Revelations About Busiswa’s Child, Baby Daddy and Physical Abuse Scandal

In 2019, Busiswa Gqulu, and her baby daddy, Katlego Mlangeni, were in the news but not for a good reason. There were stories about...

A Full Look At Nomcebo Zikode’s New Songs and Musical Career So Far

Nomcebo Zikode is one South African musician who has held the world spellbound with her strong musical sense, especially in the viral song Jerusalama,...

These Facts Will Tell You All About TV Personality Rorisang Thandekiso

Rorisang Thandekiso is a disciplined, smart, and beautiful young woman whose life story is a huge inspiration to youths. Despite starting off as a...

Featured Today

Zandile Msutwana’s Real Age and Her Affair With Another Woman’s Husband

Zandile Msutwana is no stranger to anyone who has been following the South African movie industry. The actress rose to fame in the second...

How to Sign Up to Showmax Subscription Packages, Their Prices and How To Cancel

Showmax is a video-on-demand streaming service that allows subscribers to have access to a wide range of TV series, movies, kids' shows, and documentaries...

Revelations About Edwin Sodi’s Birthplace, Biography and Early Influences

Edwin Sodi is one of the many South African millionaires who need no form of introduction as not only has his wealth put him...

How Much Is Showmax Per Month and Is It Better Than Netflix?

It is absolutely normal for anyone to choose the best at the cheapest and most affordable rates among many offers. With so many videos-on-demand...

How Bob Mabena’s Wife Eucharist Hadebe Is Faring Since His Demise

It is difficult to fathom what it must be like for Eucharist Hadebe to grieve her beloved husband's death, considering that they both were...
Was this article helpful?

Related Stories