Significant Events in Apartheid History
Key Events in Apartheid History: 1912 to 1959
A timeline of key Apartheid events from 1912 to 1959.
16 June 1976 Student Uprising in Soweto
When high-school students in Soweto started protesting for better education on 16 June 1976, police responded with teargas and live bullets. It is commemorated today by a South African national holiday, Youth day, which honors all the young people who lost their lives in the struggle against Apartheid and Bantu Education.
Soweto Uprising 1976 Image Gallery
A gallery of images of the 16 June 1975 Soweto Uprising.
Map of townships in the Witwatersrand
Not sure where all those South African townships are? Have a look at this handy map of the townships around Johannesburg.
Moments in Apartheid: The Treason Trial
In 1956, in response to the adoption of the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People, the Apartheid government in South Africa arrested a total 156 people for high treason. The penalty for this was death.
Bombing of ANC headquarters, London – 12 March 1982
On 12 March 1982 the ANC offices in London were bombed. The head of the South African Security Branch, General Johan Coetzee, had planned the operation under instruction of the Minister of Law and Order, Louis le Grange. The bombing coincided with an anti-Apartheid rally being held in central London and led by ANC president, Oliver Tambo.
History of Apartheid: Crossroads
South African police and rioters in South Africa's Cape Town informal settlement of Crossroads clashed over an attempt to move residents to the new Township of Kayelitsha.
Women's Anti-Pass Law Campaigns in South Africa
What happened when the South African government tried to force women to carry passes.
Union of South Africa, 31 May 1910
On 31 May 1910 the Union of South Africa was formed under British dominion, exactly eight years after the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging (which had brought the Second Anglo-Boer War to an end). Find out why this paved the way for Apartheid.