Apartheid in afrikaans, the official language of South Africa and Namibia, means the state of being apart, literally apart-hood.
Apartheid was the racial segregation enforced in South Africa and Namibia by law from 1948 to 1994.
During apartheid, interracial marriages were prohibited and sex between different races was punished by law.
Non-whites were not allowed in certain areas and they had to live in bantustans, ghettos controlled by the government. They could not use the same public facilities used by whites and their access to education was made difficult.
Apartheid was finally declared an international crime by The United Nations in 1973.
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