Language Excursion: South African History

Author: · October 11. 2013 · Language Excursions

It’s time to learn more about South African history! We took our students to the District 6 Museum where they found out about District Six and Apartheid. We saw how much impact this had, and still has, on people in South Africa. Apartheid was a system of legal racial segregation enforced by the National Party government in South Africa between 1948 and 1994, where the rights of the majority non-white inhabitants of South Africa were withheld and restricted while minority rule by white people was maintained.

Our next stop was Langa. The Pass Laws Act 1952 made it compulsory for all black South Africans over the age of 16 to carry a “pass book” at all times. The law stipulated where, when, and for how long a person could remain. This pass was also known as a dompas. We visited Langa Township Heritage Museum (Dompas Museum), it was once a pass office and court in the apartheid era.


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