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South African Power Throughout history many people have been successful in being powerful. For example, Adolf Hitler, though his power was used to cause harm, he was able to persuade many people to cause an incredible amount of damage to their own country and harm to its people. This example shows how many people can affect population with well established power, and authority. On the contrary in South Africa, Apartheid was a time where minority held power that allowed them to have authority over the entire country. Over time, lyrics from South African artists illustrate the gender discrimination where men have the higher authority. One of South Africa’s most important time periods was Apartheid. During this period of time White superiority was established (even though they were the minority). Descended from Europe, Whites were known to be more educated and up until the 1900’s began controlling a major part of South Africa’s economy 1 . On May 26, 1948, the National Party, with the help of the Afrikaner Party, won the election with seventy-nine seats in the new Parliament 2 . The slogan used during elections was ‘apartheid’ and while in office it became apparent that the National Party was going to “recognize and separate specific groups of people” 3 . According to About.com the Population Registration Act of 1950 classified all people through a series of tests that would label 1 Muller, Carol A. Music of South Africa. (New York: Routledge, 2008), 25. 2 Robert Ross, A Concise History of South Africa (Cape Town: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 122. 3 Robert Ross, A Concise History of South Africa (Cape Town: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 123.
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them as black, white, colored, or other 4 . Once classified, non-Whites were relocated to homelands called Bantustans; they would reside there regardless of preference. During this era, Whites who were already in power feared the majority. Carol Muller’s novel, Music of South Africa, tells us that as result of relocation about 80% of the population was living in 13% of the South African land 5 ! This demonstrates the type of authority the National Party had over the nation. Along with relocation, the Nationalist Party, made up of Whites, passed laws that
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