Please explain one piece of legislation that emerged in the Era of Apartheid.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that most, if not all legislation, that arises during the Apartheid Era is to enhance the "apartness" of White South Africans and communities of color.  This is seen in the establishment of separate public facilities.  Legislation that guaranteed "racially exclusive ambulances" and "blood transfusions only from donors of their own racial groups" were a part of this.  At the same time, the Blacks (Urban Areas) Consolidation Act of 1945 helped to establish this condition of "apartness" even further with the creation of specific townships where Africans had to remain.  This specific act of legislation also demanded that Black Africans had to carry a book on their person at all times that would indicate where they were permitted to go.  This legislation was bolstered by the Group Areas Act of 1966.  In these acts of legislation the fundamental drive to keep the races "apart" was the primary motivation.  Legislation such as this enhanced the brutality intrinsic to apartheid, demonstrating the blatant abuse of power on the part of White South Africans against people of color, specifically Black South Africans.

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