Apartheid Did Not Die
In 1994, millions of South Africans waited patiently to vote in the country’s first democratic elections. The world was inspired because it was the end of Apartheid; a system in which people were forcefully segregated based on the color of their skin. South Africa then declared that the country belonged to everybody and that everybody would be equally given the right to houses, security, and the opportunity to work.
However, just a look at modern South Africa begs the question why is the freedom for which so many fought and died still missing in this country? Although it’s apparent that Apartheid based on race no longer exists, there’s a deeper issue still manifesting itself and it’s the economic segregation. This form of Apartheid viewed certain humans as no more than cheap labor and was rampant in Most of Europe and the United States. It was this system that allowed a minority to take over most of the land, most of the industrial wealth, and most of the economic power. Ironically, this system is now called Free Market.
Deliberately and systematically people were dispossessed of their lands and the essentials of life. Tens of thousands of children died when their families were forcefully separated. Even today, 87% of all African children suffer poor health and 25% of children under the age of six are malnourished.
When South African people began to protest against Apartheid in the 1980s the regime started to panic because the White privilege that provided one of the highest standard of living on earth, was at risk.
When the African National Congress rose to power, they promised to take over Apartheid’s great collaborators. But then they immediately made some heavy compromises alleging that if they had not done so, there would have been a bloodbath. What they were really doing was accommodating the many demands of the Apartheid regime and its supporters who wanted to maintain economic control.
The deals with the Regime brought on the ANC’s policy of reconciliation. This meant that somebody was going to be called to sacrifice; otherwise it would be impossible for the victims of genocide to reconcile with their oppressors.
The killers and torturers were granted amnesty as long as they took part in a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This was a type of public confessional in which they were not required to apologize for what they had done. They got away with murder.
Is reconciliation even possible, though? Because Apartheid wasn’t about one person hurting another person, it was an entire system that abused an entire group of people— abuse that included murder, violation of basic human rights, and open robbery. Just wrap your mind around the fact that 5% of While South Africans still control 88% of the nation’s wealth. In light of that, is an apology enough? Does it make a difference? Watch this film now.