Le Comité Français pour l'Afrique du Sud

Universities in South Africa (June 2018)

Tertiary education under apartheid was, like all aspects of life in South Africa at the time, hugely segregated. Prior to apartheid, access to universities for black students had been possible, although limited. (Full text in "Newsletters")


The ending of the apartheid has induced a tremendous shock wave. It was a great relief, not only for South Africa but also for the whole international community.

The new South Africa, born with the the first free elections in April 1994 would give a new hope across the world. The bruised twentieth century was ending by giving birth, on the African continent to a multicultural democracy, without anything to compare in the recent history, inspired one of the most right-protective constitutions ever established.

It was necessary to let the world know about the mechanisms involved in a singular transformation, for which the commission "Truth and Reconciliation" has played a capital role with the constitutional court, open to individual appeals. Such a model was, indeed, unknown in the French institutional system. Moreover, the opening of the economy, curbed for a long time by autarky and discrimination against black people, would offer great development opportunities for the time to come.

In order to provide information about this evolution, the "Comité Français pour l'Afrique du Sud" has been founded in 1997.