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The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg was constructed in 2001 to commemorate those affected by apartheid, a dark period in South Africa’s history when sectors of the population were deprived of their basic rights and excluded from all but the most basic of services. Their crime? They were born black.
The museum is essentially a timeline of events that followed from 1948 when government opponents such as the African National Congress (ANC) were jailed without trial, the years of violence, the formation of Bantustan homelands, political executions through to negotiations and ultimately a peaceful end to a horrific time in the country’s history. The subject matter makes this museum totally unique.
To one side of the museum stands 7 pillars of civilised society now forged into the South African constitution – democracy, equality, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect and freedom.
The apartheid period began in 1948 when the National Party took power. They implemented laws such as the... Show more