Stephen and Mismangu were able to face the trials and the unsolvable problems

Stephen and mismangu were able to face the trials and

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Stephen and Mismangu were able to face the trials and the unsolvable problems that their people faced in society. Another fictitious source that captured the true realities of social injustices that black South Africans faced was The Marabi Dance. The Marabi Dance is novel that provides rare insight into the lives of those in Johannesburg. It follows the story of Martha trapped between the social differences in their country as well as her violent experiences with the dance band group. The novel within itself was best able to effectively illustrate the social discrimination that the black Africans faced through employment laws and police discrimination. In South Africa, Africans weren't allowed to obtain any skilled jobs and were limited to doing unskilled laborious work. Take for example the working conditions that Mabongo was responsible for at Rooiveldt Dairies. Though Mabongo had worked for his employers for twenty years since he was fifteen, he was never promoted to any management positions. Instead, he was in charge of “driving the animal vehicle, delivering to customers by bicycle, supervision of the all employees, other than whites and cleaning and filling bottles” (Marabi Dance, 47). His contract of service was also managed by laws determining the employment of “Natives” in urban areas who worked with the Pass Office to control the traveling rights and the amount of pay that the Africans received. In fact, when business was terrible, older black African workers often went without a wage. However, white workers were often given large sums of money but were often told to keep it on the "down low to avoid any resistance" (Marabi Dance, 48) from the black workers. Another example of social segregation found in the Marabi Danc e was the racial discrimination that Africans often received from the police. During the apartheid and the growth of gangs in the growing shanty towns, police were put in place to control and watch over the
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Frank 5 gang violence that was dangerously increasing every day. They also were put in charge of monitoring where and when the Africans were allowed to travel. African workers were often met by the screaming voices of police calling them names such as “stupid” and “ngena” (Marabi Dance, 50). If workers didn't have proper passes, they were often thrown in to pick up vans that took them to the police station. Though they weren't convicted of committing a crime of any sorts, they were often mistreated at the stations as when released many observers how “some wore hungry faces, some were in dilapidated clothes, while some appeared to have spent nights in their clothes” ( Marabi Dance, 52 ). Africans often had to act carefully around their white superiors due to the harsh reality that Africans were arrested at any time. They also were faced with the fear of unemployment due to the lack of respect that was shown to them. Some were
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  • Spring '18
  • History, Apartheid, White people, Marabi Dance

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