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People have been and still are discriminated because of their race or ethnic background Around the 1950s discrimination was rampant in South Africa Writers have written countless essays stories and novels sharing opinions about the prejudice punishment and laws that were occurring in the heart of South Africa Nadine Gordimers opinion helped end the apartheid system and the prejudice situation going on in her South African hometown of Springs Gauteng of South Africa Nadine Gordimers Six Feet of the Country illustrates the political climate of South Africa in the 1950s and how the apartheid system affected the lives of many of the citizensThe apartheid system was a system of racial segregation enforced through legislation by the National Party governments Racial segregation in South Africa began in colonial times under Dutch and British Rule After the discovery of gold and the invasions of the British and Afrikaners also known as the Dutch a new government was enforced The new Afrikaner government was led by Louis Botha and Jan Smuts who soon began the process of instituting new segregation laws to cement their newly acquired power There were several acts that were implemented that significantly separated racial groups The Mines and Work Act of 1911 specified that blacks could not be placed in positions of authority over the whites This law came across as ironic because the population consisted of only sixteen percent of whites Then it was the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act of 1949 which banned interracial marriages The Population Registration Act of 1950 provided a census structure where citizens would be organized into separate racial groups The National Party had taken power and advanced rapidly into further segregation the ultimate goal being separate development for blacks whites coloreds and Asians Frank The apartheid system became official in 1948 Apartheid sparked significant internal resistance and violence as well as many trade embargos against
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