However, in 1987, Flake worked for a uranium company in Namibia, a puppet state set up by the apartheid government. Such mining companies essentially used the black indigenous population as slave labor. By the 1980s, the Namibian mines became infamous for cruel physical discipline, pitiful housing, and poverty wages. Flake urged support for the authoritarian regime of South African President P.W. Botha, (whose government required blacks to live in segregated “bantustans,” denied blacks the right to vote, required blacks to carry passports to travel through the country, and tortured and murdered black political dissidents.) Flake told the Utah state Senate that if apartheid ended, a leftist government might take over that would deny the United States access to the region’s rich minerals.
In the 1980s, Arizona Senate candidate Jeff Flake lobbied for mining companies operating in Namibia, a puppet government under the domination of the South African apartheid regime. Workers were often beaten and lived in horrid conditions, as shown above. (Photo from http://www.bookdrum.com/books/my-traitors-heart/9780099749004/bookmarks-176-200.html).
Under apartheid, white South Africans were taught to fear native Africans who supposedly were prone to theft, murder and rape. (Photo from http://beyond-trauma.blogspot.com/2012/03/apartheid-archive.html).
Apartheid laws also required segregated ambulances, hospitals, beaches, cinemas and transportation. Blacks were also not allowed to buy hard liquor. Spending on white education in South Africa outstripped spending on black education by a 5-1 gap in the apartheid era. Student-teacher ratios for white schools were one teacher for every 18 students and, at black schools, one teacher for every 48 pupils. Most blacks never attended school beyond primary grades.
By 1970, the South African Parliament stripped blacks of their citizenship, assigning them citizenship in 10 artificially created “homelands.” The South African police and military forcibly relocated blacks from their property to these new areas, also called “bantustans.”
During apartheid, black families were forcibly resettled in "homelands" created by the white supremacist government. In this 1982 photo, children look past the squalor of their resettlement village in KawZuli-Natal. The resettlement program carried out in the 1970s and 1980s in South Africa represents the largest forced movement of people during peacetime in world history. (Photo from http://www.thecultureist.com/2012/05/04/children-of-apartheid/).
During the Soweto student uprising in 1976, South African police fired indiscriminately into an unarmed crowd, killing 600 and injuring 4,000. Here, Mbuyisa Makhubo carries a wounded child, Hector Pieterson, who has been shot. Pieterson's sister Antoinette Sithole runs beside them. Hector died from his wounds, one of many blacks murdered by the apartheid regime. (Photo from http://smkhize.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/3-seemingly-popular-south-african-apartheid-tactics-that-are-still-happening-right-now-but-not-in-south-africa/).
South African police beat to death anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko in 1977. Such human rights abuses did not move conservative Republicans like William F. Buckley, Pat Buchanan, Jesse Helms, and Ronald Reagan, all of whom supported the violent white racial dictatorship in South Africa to almost the very end. (Photo from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Steve_Biko.jpg).