In this essay I will address a big social issue within South Africas history; in fact racism. Mainly apartheid, but also the situation in south Africa today, many years after Apartheid.

How did this racist tradition effect the black South Africans? What impact has it had on them?

And how have South African cities changed in the 25 years after Apartheid? These are some of the questions I will try to answer in this essay.

Apartheid is a tragical part of the history of South Africa. The breeding ground for apartheid was a long tradition of racial colonial thinking, but the special apartheid variant took shape in the 1930s and 1940s as a by-product of an emerging right-wing nationalism.

New laws got inserted, but of course these laws only affected the people of race. Marriage as well as sexual intercourse between persons from different racial groups got banned.

There also came a law that segregated the all of the South Africans into whites, Indians, colored and Africans.

This law designated where they were allowed to live and settle. It also involved that all citizens had to be classified after race, and that all of the cities had to be physical divided up after race.

Violation of these laws lead to imprisonment. It wasn’t wonderful at all to be a black person in this country. (Tjønneland, 2020)

For decades, the black South Africans have held on to the promise that one day they would be free as well as enjoy the liberties that whites were enjoying in South Africa.

This gave them the strength to fight and also endure a long and hard struggle against Apartheid, which paid off on April 27, 1994. (Kotze, 2018)

They all, both young and old, stood in long queues to cast their first vote as South Africans. This historic day will forever remain etched in their memories.

This day, the door to freedom was finally swung open. They entered eager and also with very high expectations of the new democracy.

Many of them thought that it was a wonderful feeling to know that now they had the freedom to live, socialize, go to school and even work wherever they wanted.