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Anti-apartheid: An interview with Ronnie Kasrils
During most of the 20th century, South Africa was ruled by a system called Apartheid, an Afrikaans word meaning 'apartness,' which was based on a system of racial segregation. But racial segregation had been in force for many decades in South Africa. In hindsight, there is something of an inevitability in the way the country developed its extreme policies. Non-whites in the Cape Colony had some representation, but this would prove to be short-lived. The United Party actually gained the majority of votes in the general election.
Ronnie Kasrils is a South African author and activist. He is currently a jury member of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Frank Barat: How did you become an anti-apartheid activist? Ronnie Kasrils: Well, I am from a background which afforded me privileges in white South Africa, but I grew up with a social conscience and could not tolerate the cruelty and oppression against my black compatriots. After the Sharpeville massacre of March , in which 69 black protesters were killed, I took the decision to become an activist and joined the ANC. I was involved in demonstrations and soon came to understand that armed actions were required to reinforce the mass political struggle.
Colin Wes. Photograph courtesy of Colleen Dishy. I work for Costco, and I have been with them for 28 years. I am a buyer and work for corporate headquarters. Our youngest was 9 months old.
So my indomitable mum did the only thing she could do: She ordered me and my two sisters to urinate right there, very publicly, in front of the fuel pumps. We did not disobey, but I started crying and my sisters bawled, too. We lowered our shorts, but I was so traumatized that I simply could not go. My widowed mother, Ethel Pillay, had driven us from our home in Zimbabwe, which was then called Rhodesia, to visit family in her native South Africa. There was racism in Rhodesia, too, but it was nothing like the institutionalized code in South Africa that made blacks subhuman the system that Nelson Mandela later fought to bring down. We had been on the road for more than 15 hours that day. We were taking the car because the train ride was difficult for a woman with three children and lots of baggage.
His freedom followed the repeal of all major apartheid laws including the lifting of the ANC ban. While Nelson Mandela is probably today's most known and adored figure, little is known about the last apartheid era president who ordered his release. He is widely recognized for orchestrating the end of South Africa's racial segregation policy known as apartheid. He led the country's transformation into a multi-racial democracy that resulted in giving equal rights to all South African citizens. While many saw him as a pragmatist who was able to see the winds of change, others saw in him a skillful and passionate visionary who prevented a civil war.