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Today In History: Apartheid regime bans ANC & PAC

On 7 April 1960

The 69 people who were killed on that one day in Sharpeville were buried en masse, while their fate reverberated around the world, and the Nationalist government found its policies universally denounced. But today there are those who question whether conditions have improved materially and significantly now that there is freedom  for all./ Sharpeville Massacre
The 69 people who were killed on that one day in Sharpeville were buried en masse, while their fate reverberated around the world, and the Nationalist government found its policies universally denounced. But today there are those who question whether conditions have improved materially and significantly now that there is freedom
for all./ Sharpeville Massacre

The Unlawful Organizations Act No 34 of 1960 was hurried through both houses of parliament to allow the apartheid government to declare unlawful any organisations deemed to threaten public order or the safety of the public. This legislation was enacted within a few weeks of 1960’s Sharpeville Massacre. The African National Congress (ANC) and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) were immediately declared unlawful, and the Indemnity Act that followed legislatively indemnified supporters of the apartheid regime from any wrongdoing connected to the massacre.

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