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1948 May 26 National Party Takes Control of South Africa

1948 May 26 National Party Takes Control of South Africa

Who: Daniel François Malan & National Party

What: National Party lead by Daniel François Malan is “voted” into power in a general election.

Where: South Africa

Why: Upon taking power, the fascist/Nazi-like National Party began to implement a program of apartheid — the legal system of political and social separation of the races – a policy intended to maintain and extend political and economic control of South Africa by the white minority.

Note: The United States “opposed” the South African Apartheid government with trade sanctions but allowed US businesses like Engelhard Minerals and Chemicals Inc. to profit from the slave labor that the Apartheid government provided.

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