The Mail & Guardian collected what they call "20 bizarre apartheid moments" in this time when we are celebrating 20 years of post apartheid rule.
These three are my most 'bizarre favorites' from that list:
1. “Contact across the colour line is welcome so long as the motive for the
contact is the greater separation of the races.” — Minister of Health
Dr Carel de Wet, 1971.
2. “Jan Smuts airport, in common with the Union’s other ports of land, sea
and air, will soon amend its apartheid applications. The words
‘European’ and ‘non-European’ will be replaced by the words ‘Whites’ and
‘Non-Whites’ over appropriate doors and entrances. The reason is that
foreigners, particularly Americans, confuse the issue — and the exit —
by tending to use doors that seem to distinguish them from people who
originate from Europe.” — Cape Times, 1959.
And, my most favorite bizarre moment is:
3. “Coloured girls can now work as usherettes in white cinemas — provided
they do not look at the screen, Mr John Redman, general manager of
Kinekor’s theatre division, told me this week. ‘When we show a film
which our non-white girls are not allowed to see, they usher patrons
with a torch and watch the floor,’ he said. ‘We discussed the matter
with the Department of Labour and I raised this point with them. As a
precautionary measure — since non-whites are not allowed to see some
films restricted to whites only — we decided that they should not look
at the screen.” — Sunday Express, 1971.
Wrap your head around that when next you wonder whether the post era is better or worse than apartheid.