Why did south africa have apartheid?

In canada racism is a crime against law and is seen as bad as child rape. why were south africans not willing to make themselves legally equal to black south africans? I mean since the end of apartheid south africa has become more powerful. can you imagine how much more powerful south africa would be today if... show more In canada racism is a crime against law and is seen as bad as child rape.

why were south africans not willing to make themselves legally equal to black south africans?

I mean since the end of apartheid south africa has become more powerful. can you imagine how much more powerful south africa would be today if during the cold war blacks were not discriminated against for their skin color?
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