‘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).’
‘When asked what had happened to South African society, Mr Tutu replied: “Very simply, we have become one of the most violent societies. That is not what we were even under apartheid, but we are now.”
He said that every day the news reported murders and rapes, and even the high road death toll was a reflection of society, as every holiday brought the deaths of hundreds of victims of such accidents.
Mr Tutu said South African society had expected that once apartheid had been defeated, it would be more egalitarian, but statistics proved it was the most unequal in the world.’