Sunday, June 05, 2011

How many blacks died under Apartheid?

An old article from 2001, written by a black journalist.  He mentions some of the statistics of deaths during the Apartheid years and also thereafter.

By Vusile Tshabalala, journalist

August 2001-- At the start of the year 1900, the number of African South Africans was found to be 3,5-million according to the British colonial government census. By 1954, our African population had soared to 8,5-million -- and by 1990, there were a full 35-million of us -- all carefully managed, closely policed, counted, shunted around in homelands and townships -- and all of us chafing and griping under the suppressive yoke of the Afrikaner Broederbond's rigid racial segregation system.

During apartheid, our population grew apace however because we also had the benefit of the Broers' medical knowledge and their excellent agricultural skills.

Our population growth and our average life expectancy in fact showed us Africans in South Africa to be in better than average health when compared to other Africans on the rest of the continent: in the decades prior to the official policy of apartheid,(which was started in 1948), the average life expectancy of African South Africans was only 38 years.

However, during the last decade of the apartheid era from 1948 to 1994, our average life expectancy had risen to 64 years -- on a par with Europe's average life expectancy. Moreover, our infant death rates had by then also been reduced from 174 to 55 infant deaths per thousand, higher than Europe's, but considerably lower than the rest of the African continent's.

And the African population in South Africa had by then also increased by 50% percent.(source: "a crime against humanity: analysing repression of the Apartheid State", by Max Coleman of the Human Rights Committee).


Deaths due to political violence during apartheid:

Max Coleman's authoritative book analyses all deaths due to political violence from 1948 to 1994 in South Africa and Namibia.
According to the HRC statistics, 21,000 people died in political violence in South Africa during apartheid - of whom 14,000 people died during the six-year transition process from 1990 to 1994. The book lists the number of incidents, dates, and those involved.

This includes SA Defence Force actions, for instance the 600 deaths at Kassinga in Angola during the war in 1978.

Of those deaths, the vast majority, 92%, have been primarily due to Africans killing Africans -- such as the inter-tribal battles for territory: this book's detailed analyses of the period June 1990 to July 1993 indicates a total of 8580 (92%) of the 9,325 violent deaths during the period June 1990 to July 1993 were caused by Africans killing Africans, or as the news media often calls it, "Black on Black" violence - hostel killings, Inkatha Freedom Party versus ANC killlings, and taxi and turf war violence.

The activities of the Civil Cooperation Bureau as outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, were also included in these figures.

The security forces caused 518 deaths (5.6%) throughout this period.

And again, during the transitional period, the primary causes of deaths were not security forces nor white right-wing violence against blacks, but mainly due to "black-on-black necklace murders", tribal conflict between the ANC-IFP, bombs by the ANC and PAC's military wings in shopping centers, landmines on farm roads, etc.


After apartheid:

The present Aids-HIV epidemic -- against which the Mbeki-regime undertakes no action and still is publicly failing to properly acknowledge -- the World Health Organisation estimates that more than 6-million African South Africans will be dead within the forthcoming decade. And the Mbeki-led ANC regime, which could have undertaken a huge prevention campaign such as Uganda's a long time ago, has done nothing to stave off this terrible death rate.

SA hospitals "becoming places of death"

In November last year it was being reported in The Star that South African hospitals are becoming places for dying -- instead of healing. In June this year, it was reported that our cemeteries were filling up so rapidly that upright funerals were being contemplated to save space. Still, Aids is not being spoken about at our funerals, and the silence and utterly unscientific public statements about HIV-Aids from Mbeki's continue unabated while our people are dying.

Democratic Alliance spokesman Jack Bloom warned late last year that the 20% rise in deaths over the past four years among patients treated at Johannesburg Hospital could only be blamed on the high crime rate and the very serious decline in patient care. Why is our patient care so poor now, and our crime rate so high? The answer is simple: our public funds are being looted by the ANC hierarchy. And the police seem helpless to stop it.


Tuberculosis funds looted:

On July 10, 2001, the SA health department announced that it was going to stop R6,6-million in annual funding to the SA National Tuberculosis Association because of the ongoing looting of its funds and the lavish lifestyles of its (African) executives, who award themselves R400,000 annual salaries and spend R5000 a month on cellphone calls alone... while millions of South African TB patients go untreated and are wasting away of a deadly, but curable disease.

During apartheid, please note that the SANTA executives were seen to be extremely frugal with the governments' funding -- that many thousands of patients were cured annually, and that many doctors and nurses even VOLUNTEERED their services free of charge.

The question is this: "why is this man still CEO of SANTA? Why has he not been fired on the spot?"


Violent deaths from 1994 to 2000:

And the SA Police reports this month -- access their website's statistics at -- that a total of 174,220 people died violent deaths, from crime-related violence, between 1994 and the year 2000.

So my question is this: "did apartheid ever kill as many Africans as are now being killed by the deliberate neglect and looting of our tax funds by the current, supposedly democratic Mbeki regime?"

16 Opinion(s):

Exzanian said...

WOW - A keeper for sure! I've added it as a perma-link on my blog -

It was Winnie Mandela who said it all: "with our boxes of matches and rubber tyres we will liberate this Nation"

WOW...! Read that again......

kevin said...

you are all idiots,its not how many died then its the cause of what is now 50 years of apartheid with no education of the blacks , is the sole cause of high crime , through no jobs , if the blacks were educated from the start, Less corruption, less crime ...


Anonymous said...

Not enough obviously!

Anonymous said...

Yes, definitely not enough! Not nearly enough.
How long can apartheid be blamed, a few more years and we can even blame the Neanderthals!

Anonymous said...

Hey Kevin, you mean like in the USA?
where the country is 80/20
80% white, 20% black
the jails are 80% black and 20% white, think there may be a pattern here?
I know I live in USA and most crime is black on black!

Anonymous said...

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY (for all Black South Africans)
>Aparteid ended 20 years ago, that means a 5 year old then would be 25 now, old enough to have finished his studies to become a Doctor.

So, now, lets assume you have a serious life threatening disease and you walk into a doctors rooms, and there are two doors, a Dr Philimon Mkaka, and a Dr Piet Pompies, both graduated same year 2010.
Which door do you choose to enter?

I bet we all know the answer, so why blame apartheid and education?.

BoeWoe said...

Where was it originally published? Never heard of the author!

Anonymous said...

Willy says:
For how long will apartheid still be blamed for the deprevation of education of blacks after so long in the New Democracy of the Rainbow Nation. 20 odd years on and my fellow culture is still wanting handouts and just plain lazy to work or get educated. There are many driving SUV's, Mercs, BMW's and the likes more now than the whites did during apartheid. We need to pay for our rights to live here, so get off your fat backsides, earn a lioving and pay your dues to the government. The only way to better yourself is to be proactive to establish your own life. Amandla!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin
You mean like the schools that were never built which were burnt down in 1976? You mean the education which were never given to black people because the schools were burnt down in violent protest over what should be taught.

Clearly you never needed education... you know better then.

Some dude somewhere said...

So the big question rears its ugly head. Why after "raising" the level of education is it still necessary (two decades later) to drop the pass mark to a level that any sane person would simply call a clear and undeniable fail? Who is actually going to be fooled by a system in which no " lenna" actually achieved what they did when the currently disadvantaged controlled the education two decades ago.

Wat is die waarheid? said...

Dit sal baie geloofwaardigheid gee as jy die koerant se naam waarin die artikel verskyn het ook bo-aan gee.

Terloops - daar is soveel waar gebeure maar ook leuens oor die stryd tussen goed en kwaad in Suid-Afrika, dat ek altyd die feite nagaan voordat ek 'n artikel van iemand anders weer aanstuur op internet.

Ons wil tog hierdie stryd wen met die waarheid alleen?

Wat is die waarheid? said...

Kan jy die koerant waarin Mnr Tshabalala hierdie artikel geskryf het ook bo-aan noem? Dit sal baie help om geloofwaardigheid te gee.

FreeThinker said...

I don't have the link to Vusi's original post as this was on forum where the source wasn't cited. However, I have other documents confirming the stats he mentioned.

If you regard something as trustworthy merely because a newspaper's name is attached to it, you haven't been around the last 50 years, have you?

Where's the truth said...

Please Find out for all of us how many Boers "Whites" have died an inhuman death since 1994 to date ??

chain said...

I was in the Sap riot unit right through the violence to the new change over. I can verify the so called black on black murders. Booking on duty in the morning and the first task was to pick up the mortuary van and fetch the bodies. The detectives and mortuary services could not perform these routine tasks as they would be shot at. Sometimes the mortuary was so full bodies would be first left outside the mortuary before moving them. Journalist loved using this as propaganda against the Saps.
Many criminals hid behind political banners as an excuse, so as the new democratic government stepped in the criminals were exposed.

Just Me said...

Picture is worth a 1000 words