What were the main consequences of the policy of apartheid in South Africa?What were the main consequences of the policy of apartheid in South Africa?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would argue that the main consequence of apartheid are the problems that South Africa faces today.

The first of these is growing tension between the races.  The African National Congress, in particular, feels that any criticism of it is racist.  This is, in part, the legacy of apartheid.  Blacks today continue to feel resentment towards the whites because of the way they were treated during the apartheid era.

A second problem is the lack of education, good housing and other such things in the black community.  The apartheid system kept blacks so far down that it is not easy for them to climb up to the standards needed in a "First World" economy.  Because blacks are the great majority of South Africa's population, the economy as a whole suffers due to the lack of skills and education on the part of many blacks.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Apartheid was a terrible injustice.  As with our enforced racism in the United States, apartheid stifles society.  It leads to a country at war with itself, where there are two groups of different worth.  The second group will always drag down the first, so it benefits no one.

chamakchallo321 | Student

The obvious conseqnces are that the black population will lack of basic life needs such as food and water because during the apartheid the black population only got to keep 13% of their OWN land and majority of the time it was he left overs of what the whites. Therefore, growing food and digging wells are challenging things as, the soil they farm on are unfertilised and the grounds are dryed out 'cause hardy any rain falls so making wells are pointless.

mshahbaz | Student

apartheid just was a waste of time and motivated minority races (mostly blacks) to do better and take over South Africa.