The Reservation of Separate Amenities Act, passed in South Africa in 1953, legalized segregation based on race in public spaces, vehicles, and services. The facilities for non-whites did not have to equal to those enjoyed by whites. The law was appealed in 1990.
When interviewing someone who lived during this period of apartheid in South Africa, you might want to ask the person the following:
- How did the act affect you? Was it different than the situation that came beforehand?
- What were the most dangerous ways this act affected you (for example, hospitals and ambulances were reserved for whites)?
- What were the facilities like that you could use? Were medical facilities, for example, inferior to those that whites used?
- What were your interactions like with white people in public?
- Did anyone ever break the laws among both white and non-white people? If so, were they discovered, and what were the consequences for doing so?
- What do you think the long-term effects of this act were regarding education, etc.?
- How do you think this act helped catalyze the movement to end apartheid?