The outside world has heard a great deal about South Africa's policy of apartheid, but few people realize the fantastic extremes to which this segregation is carried, the expense and dislocations it causes, and the ludicrous situations it sometimes creates. As the South African government is in the process of further tightening the system, TIME Johannesburg Bureau Chief Lee Griggs offers a catalogue of apartheid.

TWO years ago, a question was asked in all seriousness in South Africa's Parliament in Cape Town: Does apartheid on the beaches extend to the high-tide or low-tide mark? Aghast, M.P.s finally concluded that in either case...

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