seeds of Apartheid were sowed as early as 1910. Apartheid officially
became law after the Reunited National Party won the white minority
elections on the 28th May 1948. This victory was hailed as a "Miracle"
and clear proof that God was watching over his Volk"
Only The so called "white"citizens of
South Africa were allowed to vote and participate in government, black
South Africans were forbidden
The all white Dutch reformed church
embraced the Reunited National Party Apartheid policy and solemnly
declared in a speech made by a prominent church leader "South
Africa belongs to us once more. For the first time since Union, South
Africa is our own. May god grant that it will always remain so"
A quote from Albert Luthuli best sums
up the sentiment of black South Africans, "the Nationalist
win did not surprise or interest us, though we realized that there would
probably be an intensification of the hardships and indignities which
had always come our way. Nevertheless I think it is true that very few
if any of us, understood how swift the deterioration was to be".
Luthuli later became the president of the ANC.
The Reuninted National Party
Apartheid rule was swiftly placed in action. Daniel
Malan swiftly had the new government and Afrikaans speaking parliament
in place. To the rest of the world the new government portrayed a Western style democracy. Forty-three days later, it produced its first
major shock, when it demoted the country's most celebrated soldier -
Deputy Chief of Staff, Major - General Poole.
Defense Minister Frans Erasmus ordered
Intelligence chief Charles Powell, to vacate his post with-in 24 hours,
and ordered his aides to seize what were described as "two lorry
loads" of wartime files. These files contained Afrikaner
Broederbond secrets, of the time during world war 2 when Afrikaner
activists planted bombs, caused destruction and brutally assaulted
soldiers to demonstrate their solidarity with the Nazi regime.
Major - General Powell was a key member
of a top army spy team that exposed the secret activities of the
Broederbond and other dissident Afrikaner groups during the world war 2.
The men that Powell spied on were now taking revenge. They also had to
destroy the evidence, dossiers of treason and terror activities
committed by many of their supporters. The above measures signaled the
beginning of a concerted effort to reduce white political opposition at
Few could imagine to what lengths the
Nationalist government was prepared to go to perpetuate Afrikaner rule.
Nobody was going to stop them. They believed in a political system in
which preferably broederbonders ran the government. (the very same
people that supported the Nazi regime). They backed up words and belief
with deeds. Afrikaner interest would take precedence over everything