South Africa is known around the world for many things. However, Apartheid is no longer one of them. However this will always have a dark blot on an otherwise great country. This is not to say that we will forget that it ever happen, in fact the more we read about the dark history, the more we become careful not to repeat it.
Google defines apartheid as 'policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race'. As simple as this definition sounds, it is loaded with meaning. You can only get its full meaning and its effects in the South Africans once you visit South African Apartheid Museum.
The Museum is divided into two main sections namely; the Permanent Exhibitions and Other Exhibitions. The permanent Exhibition is a tale in history of the South African Apartheid including; Race Classification, Segregation, Life Under Apartheid, The Rise of Black Consciousness, Political Assassinations, Total Onslaught, Roots of Compromise and Mandela's Release. Unless you read through the accounts, you cannot really start to comprehend what the apartheid regime did to black South Africans.
The Apartheid museum was opened in 2001 by the South African Government to tell future generations of South Africans the story of apartheid and how getting freedom is expensive. It is recognized as one of the places you can get unbiased information about apartheid.
To get admission into the museum, adults pay 65.00 South African Rands, Pensioners/students/children pay R50.00, learners R20.00 and teachers R25.00.
After years of racial segregation, South Africa emerged a stronger nation in 1990 and Nelson Mandela, its foremost freedom fighter became its first black president under a new constitution. The section that displays ‘The Pillars of the Constitution’ in the museum is the most visited section of the museum. The locals pay pilgrimage to this section as if to remind themselves of why they remain a free nation.
One of South Africa's Greatest Statesmen, Nelson Mandela in 1999 was quoted saying, "To be Free is not to cast off One's Chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the respect of others". Amazingly, the same quote is featured on the Museum's homepage. This is the best summation I can find to conclude this article!