53 years ago this Wednesday, Britain started the process of returning the Simonstown military base to South African control.
This is the sort of country it was returned to then.....
4/7/1955. Britain said it would return the Simonstown military base to South Africa
by 31/3/1957, whilst retaining the rights to use the base.
1954, Dr Voerword, who in 1950 had
become Minister of Native Affairs, began introducing further discriminatory
apartheid legislation. He enacted the Native Resettlement Act, empowering the
White government to remove Black settlements that were deemend to be too close
to White areas. It was bulldozed and the area redeveloped as a White district.
The first Black settlement moved under this legislation was Sophiatown, in the centre
of Johannesburg. Trades Unions in South Africa were ordered to segregate into
Black and White sections, to end joint bargaining by workers of different
races. He also introduced the Bantu Education Act, taking the education of
Africans out of the hands of church missionaries
who Verwoerd found too liberal.
More details of Apartheid and its eventual downfall at
Dr Hillary J. Shaw
Director and Senior Research Consultant
Shaw Food Solutions
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