Apartheid in Sports and Church In South Africa

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Apartheid in Sports and Church In South Africa

Still on the Apartheid era in South Africa, This post focused basically on Apartheid In South Africa directed towards the church and sports. Thanks to the Treaty Of Vereeniging. Read Apartheid in Sports and Church In South Africa below.

Apartheid in Sports In South Africa

As part of social apartheid, just like education, all sports in South Africa was segregated and the selection of national teams was on the basis of race. The attitude resulted in world criticism and as a result of pressures from Afro-Asian nations, South Africa was increasingly isolated.

The Olympic Committee indicated that it would not accept two teams from one country and South Africa consequently was not invited to the Mexico Olympic Games of 1968. In May 1970, South Africa was formally excluded or expelled from the Olympic movement.


The increasing isolation from international sports, especially cricket, was a bitter blow to the sports loving South Africans. At the time of isolation, South Africans cricket team especially, was probably the best cricket team in the world. Yet they had no one to play against.

Apartheid In Church In South Africa

The Native Law Amendment Bill of 1957 contained a clause which powered the government to prohibit the holding of church service if they were attended by Bantu (Africans) in white group areas. The public protest to the bill was sharp, even within Nationalist Party caucus was argued though by minority that the bill violated the reformed principle of the sovereignty of the church within it own sphere, while the Anglican Episcopal synod informed the government that its members would not be able to advice the clergy to obey a law which excludes people from the church on racial grounds.

Consequently, the terms of the bill were moderated by the government because of objection to it so as to leave the initiative with local authorities and to expose the erring Africans rather than the church concerned to the risk of prosecution. With this, the Bantu worshipers were restricted into their area of reserves though opposition to this legislation was fierce and led especially by the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Methodist Churches.

Promise Onwuachu
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