Sharpesville convinced many anti-apartheid leaders that they could not achieve their objectives by peaceful means, and both the PAC and ANC established military wings, neither of which ever posed a serious military threat to the state.
It was during this period that South Africa introduced the more rigid racial policy of apartheid. The apartheid era truly began when white South Africans went to the polls to vote.
During apartheid, to have a friendship with someone of a different race generally brought suspicion upon you, or worse.
The National Party immediately passed a series of new laws that established the separation of races and suppressed political dissent. Prior to the introduction of Apartheid, races were segregated in towns, black trade were unions outlawed, c This campaign called on people to purposefully break apartheid laws and offer themselves for arrest.
The law allowed white people to be in certain areas.