1900-1919 | Backing Apartheid | Racism

South Africa Act 1909 creates the legal foundation of Apartheid

20 September 1909 On 20 September 1909, the British parliament passed the South Africa Act, which laid the legal foundation for apartheid South Africa. Section 35 restricted voting rights in three of the four provinces in the newly created Union of South Africa to white males. Only in Cape Colony were black men to be…

1980-1989 | Backing Apartheid | Backing repressive regimes

Thatcher welcomes Apartheid leader P.W. Botha

2 June 1984 On 2 June 1984, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher greeted the apartheid leader of South Africa, P.W. Both, at her official country estate at Chequers.  An estimated 40,000 protesters, furious at the government’s implicit endorsement of the regime, took to the streets of central London. Contrary to subsequent assertions, there is absolutely no…

1980-1989 | Backing Apartheid

22 OCTOBER

34 CONSERVATIVE MPS HOLD INVESTMENTS IN APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA [ 22 0ctober 1985 ] On this day in 1985, a Labour Party press release revealed that 34 Conservative MPs held investments in apartheid South Africa and that the previous year at least nine had visited South Africa as guests of the South African government. The…