Mr. Musk’s father, Errol Musk, told The New York Times that Elon, his brother and sister had known from an early age that there was something wrong with the apartheid system. Errol, who was elected to the Pretoria City Council in 1972, said he would ask them about laws prohibiting blacks from supporting restaurants, movie theaters and beaches. He said he had to calculate what he could do safely when going out with non-white friends.
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“It simply came to our notice then. They confronted him every day, “recalls Errol, who said he belonged to the anti-apartheid Progressive Party. He added, “They didn’t like it.”
Still, Errol offers a description of his life which shows how far he was from the violent reality of the country. He was well-connected with black people, he said, pointing to his children’s good relations with his domestic staff, and he considered life in South Africa better and safer than it is now during apartheid.
According to Shri’s biography. Musk, written by Ashley Vance, Mr. Musk said he did not want to participate in South Africa’s compulsory military service because it would force him to participate in apartheid – and that he could contribute to the decision to leave South Africa immediately after high school graduation.
The apartheid system was popular among whites, especially those who spoke African and English, such as Mr. Musk family. While African power was vested in Africans – racists who descended from Dutch, German and French immigrants – the wealth of English-speaking white South Africans who to some might feel like a birthright, Ms. Said Cherry.
“We were the world’s white, English-speaking elite,” she said. “It was literally our empire.”
The Pretoria boys had socially progressive undercurrents. The head teacher of the school participated in the activities of the freedom struggle; Some students will travel to anti-apartheid gatherings.