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Although historians see the Soweto uprising as the year in which the tide began to turn against the National Party government, the 1980s were the crucial ____ ____.

turning point


What was the situation at the beginning of the 1980s?

At the beginning of the 1980s, the ANC and other opposition parties were in exile, political leaders were in jail, and the government seemed to have enough power and military force to maintain its control.


True or False
However, by the mid-1980s, it was clear that the apartheid government was facing a crisis.



What was the situation at the end of the 1980s?

By the end of the decade, wide-ranging internal resistance and international pressure had set the scene for the collapse of apartheid.