oa Africa Insight - Black commuters in South Africa

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



""Why should we pay more for transport when apartheid forces us to live so far apart ?"" The above argument, from both management and workers, was provoked by a warning from the Minister of Constitutional Development that employers should expect to pay more towards subsidies for their workers' transport from the beginning of 1986.1 Recently many private organizations, in order to ease social tensions, urgently recommended the phasing out of urban influx control measures affecting South Africa's black citizens. However, the government still seems to favour only a technical modification of this instrument of segregation. Its reluctance to scrap influx control was indicated again in September 1985, when it emphasized its intentions to retain the policy of segregation. This will make any relaxation of influx control unfeasible in practice, forcing black ""immigrants"" to accommodate their families in spatially restricted and infrastructurally inadequate areas.

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