South Africa is still under apartheid | AJ+

South Africa is still under apartheid | AJ+

For outsiders, Cape Town can appear to be a symbol of post-apartheid South Africa. The coastal city is promoted as a top destination for its diversity of food, landscapes and cultures. But for black South Africans, life in Cape Town is steeped in the lasting legacy of
apartheid – the system of white minority rule that has left the country’s black
majority poor and powerless. Though apartheid was officially terminated in 1994, throughout South Africa neighborhoods remained structurally
segregated, and the vast majority of black citizens remain locked in grinding poverty. I’m going to show you how Cape Town was designed to keep racial groups separated, and how those divisions persist today. Cape Town’s layout provides a striking
example of the clear socioeconomic divisions between South Africans. I’m
standing in a township that reflects the living conditions of most black Capetonians: poor and under-resourced, without access to running water, sewage
or even electricity. Just next to it is a white suburb that’s worlds apart. There’s no easier way to see this than with a drone. From above you can see the state of the bustling black township I’m standing in, called Imizamo Yethu. It’s a barren, informal settlement made up mostly of shacks and government-built
homes. Literally next to the township is a white suburb that’s overflowing with greenery. So here’s what life looks like for most white Capetonians: nice suburban homes with running water, protected by walls and alarm systems.
Some even have signs specifically warning black Africans, in their language
of Xhosa, of dogs inside. And the disparity isn’t just black-and-white. Here’s the color township of Manenburg to the left, and the informal black
settlement of Nyanga to the right. Unlike black townships, the ghettos of
colored people are made up of small homes, rather than shacks, and have basic services like running water. Before we go any further, I should break down how racial groups are classified here. “Colored” is a centuries-old community of
diverse heritage that might be called “Creole” in the U.S. or Caribbean. They’re
distinguished from “Africans,” who are the city’s Xhosa-speaking black population. While Africans are the vast majority in most of South Africa, in Cape Town coloreds are the largest group. Africans are a close second. Whites are only 15%, followed by Asians and others. The segregation we see from above is the
legacy of an apartheid system that was instituted by South Africa’s National
Party and lasted from 1948 to 1994. Apartheid further expanded the policies
of white domination and racial segregation that were already in place
since the colonial era. Under the 1950 Group Areas Act, the government created racially segregated areas and forcibly removed people from neighborhoods
reserved for white people. From 1950 until 1983, one of the largest mass removals in modern history took place. Here in Cape Town, District 6, where I
currently am, had been a booming area in the heart of the city, with more than
60,000 colored residents. But in the ’70s, the government bulldozed their homes and forced them into windswept housing projects on the Cape Flats, far from the
city centre. Apartheid dictated where people could live and move about.
Africans were issued a “pass,” for an ID document stating where they could live
and work. They would be arrested if police found them in a white
neighborhood not designated as their place of employment. The system was used to bar most Africans from moving to the city in search of jobs. Instead, they were confined to living in three blighted townships. In the ’80s, hundreds of
thousands began moving to the periphery of the city, building shacks and informal
settlements. The legacy of that migration remains today in poor townships like
this one. Part of apartheid ‘s divide-and- rule scheme was to give coloreds
priority over black Africans for jobs and housing. But coloreds were also
systematically displaced at the expense of whites. And today, the white minority
continues to live near the city centre and in lush suburbs like this one. And
the inequality isn’t limited to neighborhoods. Under apartheid, Cape
Town’s more exclusive Atlantic Coast beaches, like this one, used to prohibit
blacks. Whites enjoyed their own beaches like these, while blacks and coloreds had
their own beaches, which looked like this. Today, beachfront areas like Camps Bay still cater to mostly whites. But now, it’s all about who can afford the nice
restaurants and shops. It’s this kind of unspoken disparity that continues to permeate Cape Town society. Studies by local researchers have found that black Africans are almost always less successful than white people in moving
up career paths in Cape Town, a phenomenon labeled the “ebony ceiling effect.” The inequality here is so stark that
Cape Town’s GINI index, which economists use to measure inequality, is 63 out of
100, that’s one of the highest in the world. So why has Cape Town failed to
deliver a better life for all since the end of apartheid? Some blame Cape Town’s governance. Cape Town rests within the province of the Western Cape, which is
the only one of South Africa’s nine provinces not run by the governing
African National Congress. That’s the anti apartheid party of Nelson Mandela. Instead, it’s run by the Democratic Alliance, which grew out of white liberal establishment politics, but includes remnants of the old National
Party and black middle-class support. The Democratic Alliance dismisses any claims that Cape Town remains racist. But it’s hard to deny the structural segregation and discrimination that still exists, even if it is more subtle than it was under apartheid. Now that Cape Town grapples with a water crisis the world has never seen, the stark disparity between the haves
and have-nots is on full display. Many black Capetonians have always lived without running water. Now, others in Cape Town are getting a glimpse into that experience as they line up to collect a ration of water. But what about everything else? Will the dream of a truly equitable society ever become reality here? Hey guys, it’s Dena in the township of Imizamo Yethu. Check out the next video in our playlist that looks at Cape Town’s
severe water crisis and how it’s affecting everyone. Be sure to comment,
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Author: Kennedi Daugherty

100 thoughts on “South Africa is still under apartheid | AJ+

  1. lol! you know absolutely nothing about the current situation in South Africa..that entire report was false propaganda

  2. Stop white genocide. South Africa was stolen by the communists and given to the blacks to destroy while Jews suck the wealth out

  3. It's almost as if all men were NOT created equal. It's ALMOST as if the more white ancestry you have, the more intelligent and successful you are. It's ALMOST as if everything 19th century European intellectuals told you about race and gender were true.


  5. Al Jazeera is funded in whole or in part by the Qatari government.

    and they are talking about inequality. Okay let that sink in.

  6. Please do one on Israel and the lives of Africans and Palestinians. I haven't seen you do any news pieces on it for some reason.

  7. If I had a trillion dollars I would conduct a giant social experiment.
    -Go ahead and give blacks all the good lands. the choice houses and better things. BUT SEGREGATED.
    -Then give whites all the lands and houses the blacks used to have. BUT SEGREGATED.
    – I ask you all truthfully. After 20 years what do you think will happen?

  8. Ignorant documentary… you need to make a thorough research about your topic.. you dont know what your talking about..

  9. Show how many security personnel you need to stand around you so you weren't raped, robbed and murdered while in the black or colored areas… SHOW IT

  10. had it betrer under apartheid,,,, when all the euro desecended farmers are done, then what,,, then who will there to blame beside the bantu in the mirror.

  11. You think all white people in my country get to live in nice suburban homes? You think we don’t get constant hatred from black south Africans even though I was never part of apartheid? We can’t even have our farms.

  12. It isn’t apartheid. The whites fear the black government. Just because they have made good money for themselves and want to protect themselves, isn’t bad.

  13. If You Are White, Poor And Homeless, You Just Don't Give A Damn!…..So Lady, What's Your Point?….Lmao

  14. Apartheid ended 25 years ago. Inequality continues to exist for one sole reason – the sickening corruption of the ANC government. Btw there are no 'black'or 'white' suburbs, that's just completely wrong. Terrible reporting with absolutely no idea about how our country works today.

  15. Its reverse apartheid the black people now they think they are the boss in sa and they kill the white farmers

  16. I guess the 1.4 trillion rand stolen by the black government (ANC) hasn't contributed to the ever growing poverty and the unemployment that has risen from 16% in 1994 to 28% currently

  17. So… is this problem solved? Black people have been running the country for over 20 years. Its going to be at least 100 years before the country becomes “equitable”. Integration does not happen in 20 years. Typical lefty fools……think complex social issues are solved overnight.

  18. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    Propaganda at its best!!
    Whoever wrote her script is an Anti White Muslem RACIST.
    Rather watch

  19. What nonsense. The government in South Africa are calling for the murder of the 'boer (white man) and stealing their land. White families are getting tortured, raped, robbed and murdered. You clown.

  20. The structure is still very much there, everything that tries to empower black people will always be seen as anti-white. It’s ok in their minds that 8% of the population pretty much owns 75% of the country. It’s pretty much ignorance to think that all this issues are due solely to the incompetence of black governance.If you don’t support the empowerment of Africans you don’t belong in Africa period. What exactly is so upsetting about this video

  21. Is a South Africa and African land/country.
    Whites came and slaved black people and did something they never forget and still they think they own this land.
    Africa wake up you are sleeping

  22. HEY! was abrogated institutionalized segregation in the 1990s! this ins the whole history of this country is like 5 minutes ago! it takes 2 generations to get completely rid, BUT APARTHEID is not anymore are some relics that will need time to solve, but laws institutions are gone! DO not eat shit is not good for health.

  23. Black Economic Empowerment. Whites do not stand a chance in South Africa. For less than 8% of the population, they are discriminated against at each and every turn.

  24. This is not even close to the truth… this is not a documentary, don't be fooled…

    Also, the 'Racist Opposition Leader' is Musi Maimane. A black african…

  25. Yeah, poor black Africans.. Their struggle is real.. You can give them another 1000 years and help to make them live like western world and they would not make it. All you shall see are racist claims how whites are the ones to blame.. Lazy, stupid people who only know how to breed.

  26. Africans have minds,but our minds or brains is not free our brains are blocked. It's not functioning well. That's why we have everyth.but still poor.

  27. And the killing off white people is over the roof, the leader even openly speaks about killing white people if needed.

  28. Things were better during Aparteid for both black and white. That's not me the Israeli jew married to a black South African saying this, that's the NY Times, Guardian, Washington post but, most surprising is the BBC, I can't believe the BBC would admit this, I had to pinch myself….
    The murder rate in Johannesburg is now 56 murder PER Day. Since Aparteid ended, crime is up by almost 500%, life expectancy is lower now, less jobs and salaries are lower when adjusted.
    More from the BBC here..

  29. South Africa is under REVERSE APARTHEID! The government has made AA (Affirmative Action) a binding Law and if you are of white skinned complexion, you will be LEAST considered for a job, no matter how suitable you are for a job. RSA is going to HELL in a hand basket and the world doesn’t seem to care!

  30. This has to be one of the most misleading videos on post-apartheid South Africa I’ve ever seen.
    Absolutely shameful propaganda.

  31. As a indian. I think it is more about who's intelligent enough to be successful. As afr as I know. Considering Elon Musk is the richest person from africa (even the non white country like Nigeria couldn't do it), smartness matters

  32. Oh for heaven's sake, a nother false video painting whites as heartless monsters.

    Now that you've pointed out all of our "flaws" please make a video that focuses on farm attacks.
    Oh wait then you'd be racist. Can't have that now, can we.


  34. I love when she says the security sign specifically tells the black Africans in their native language to keep out, but then right below that it says the same thing in English. So, what's her point? Are our ATM machines also enforcing apartheid by having a Spanish option? Or should everything be in English? Oh, wait, that's racist, too.

  35. I went to South Africa and discovered that white people were looted. I always find the black man blaming the white man in all the reasons and also discovered that blacks covet the white female people. There is such white people in terms of respect and assistance and literature must whites in South Africa to stand against the tribal racism that pulses of parties such as EEF South Africa a very strong state like those who built in the time of white rule I feel very sorry for the white people. I discovered that in South Africa you have to be meant to find a job if you are white, even though whites are the ones who founded the country a year ago when they arrived in 1600, I think.

  36. Why don't you also report, that the dark-colored majority is lazy and generally don't want to work? And that there are diligent immigrants, like for example Zimbabwean, who come there to work and earn money, but are getting burned alive and beaten up to death, because they're supposedly "taking jobs from South Africans"? Tell a story about that.

  37. Yes it is now Black Apartheid on the whites, farmers murdered every week, violence on the roads. MSM does not cover the truth.

  38. i don't get why we black African's were not treated the same just cause we are 'black' wow, they lucky i was born after apartheid .THANK YOU TATA MANDELA LONG LIVE THE SPIRT

  39. NOTICE!!… All people who are claiming this Video is just to push propagandas are same people who are beneficiaries of APARTHEID..they feel guilty about what they did and the facts that the world sees how disgusting south Africa inequality is,..I'M GLAD YOU NOT BLACK cause if you were, "THEY WILL BE SAYIN OBVIOUSLY ITS CAUSE U BLACK THAT WHY U MADE THIS BS VIDEO"…I wish the world see how monsters are these white supremacists, they denying that they are apartheid beneficiaries and they blaming ANC while almost whole of economy is belonging to them.

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