To the architects
of Apartheid, the fact that the majority of Africans were opposed to
their plans was of little or no importance The new existing made by the
authorities crushed resistance or defiance from opposition.
anti-apartheid groups in the colored, Indian and white communities, the
ANC (African National Congress demonstrated its growing popularity. A
wave of black resistance under the Banner of the African National
Congress (ANC), launch the start of the defiance campaigns. This
resulted in hundreds of blacks being arrested by the Apartheid regime
police force. New security measures were implemented to violently
suppress black resistance.
regimes police and military, had only one objective, "SILENCE and STOP"
any form of defiance from the black people of South Africa. The horror that
followed over the ensuing years is virtually impossible to describe to
someone that was not a victim of this inhumane and cruel acts that took
leaders and peaceful protesters were thrown in jail, they were held
under a law instituted by the Apartheid government, namely "detention
without trial". Any person that challenged the National party policy was
considered a "terrorist". People that fought the system were tracked
down and tortured, some of the torture tactics were copybook methods,
the Nazi's used during World War 2. Black leaders held under the
detention without trial law, "mysteriously" died in prison. The
lame excuse given by the Apartheid regime was that they committed
suicide. The vicious and violent acts were largely aimed at black
Africans (people of color) these acts went largely unreported, by the
white controlled media.
defiance campaigns took place, it provided the government to introduce
new laws, designed to silence the outcry and dissatisfaction of the
blacks. Protest marches and or political gatherings were banned. New
laws gave the authorities the power to declare a state of emergency at
any given time as it deemed fit.
point of note during the defiance campaigns was that the crowds become
larger with each demonstration and it enjoyed the support from the
Indian, colored and black race groups. It also placed racism in South Africa
under the spotlight with the United Nations.