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During the 17th century South Africa was colonized by the English and Dutch The Dutch descendants - called Boers from the Dutch word for farmer or Afrikaners - revolted against English Rule in 1899 This war was called the Boer War also known as the South African War and lasted until 1902 In 1910 the Transvaal Orange Free State Cape Colony and Natal were all combined to form the Union of South Africa which was allowed semi-independent status from Great Britain In 1948 the Afrikaner Nationalist party came to power and implemented Apartheid Under Apartheid blacks were excluded from political life and discriminated against in all facets of society The Nationalist party used Apartheid as a means to cement their control over the economic and social systems of the country Originally Apartheid was meant to maintain white domination while extending racial separation Grand Apartheid was started in the 1960s which emphasized territorial separation and police repression Before April 26 1994 this was the flag of South Africa This flag is a combination of the former flag of the Netherlands the three equal horizontal stripes and three miniature flags that are for the old Orange Free State the United Kingdom and the old Transvaal Republic Apartheid became know as an extreme form of discrimination Race laws touched every aspect of social life All inter-racial acts were banned including marriages between whites and non-whites Non-whites were turned away from white-only jobs In 1950 the Population Registration Act required that all South Africans be racially classified into one of three categories white black African or colored of mixed decent mostly Indian and Asian Classification into these categories was based on appearance social acceptance and descent If a person looked white they were accepted as white If a person had a non-white parent they could not be considered white The Department of Home Affairs was created for the classification of the citizenry Non-compliance with the
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