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Apartheid In South Africa Apartheid the Afrikaans word for apartness was the system used in South Africa from the years 1948 to 1994 During these years the nearly 315 million blacks in South Africa were treated cruelly and without respect They were given no representation in the National party even though they made up most of the country It was not until 1994 when a black man name Nelson Mandela came to power in the South Africa congress Once elected Mandela removed all racist laws against blacks and all other minorities Nelson Mandela is one of the great leaders of our time A hero whose lifelong strugal to the fight against Apartheid in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country Since his release from prison in 1990 Mandela has been at the center of a struggle against the white minority in South Africa Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18 1918 After receiving an education at a local mission school he was sent to Healdtown a secondary school He then enrolled at the University of Fort Hare for a Bachelor of Arts Degree where he was elected onto the Students Representative Council He was expelled from college for joining in a boycott Mandela then went to Johannesburg where he completed his BA by correspondence and studied for his LLB He entered politics while studying in Johannesburg by joining the African National Congress in 1942 During the 50s Mandela was one of the many tried in the Treason Trial Shortly after the 1960 massacre of peaceful black demonstrators in Sharpeville most movements including the ANC were banned Nelson Mandela was forced to go underground and live apart from his family However his successful evasion of the police earned him the title of the Black Pimpernel At this time he and other leaders of the ANC created a new section of the liberation movement Umkhonto we Sizwe with
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