Gerhardus Christian Coetzee (born 8 April 1955 in Boksburg), better known as Gerrie Coetzee, is a South African former boxer. He made history twice: he was the first boxer from the African continent ever to fight for, and win, a world heavyweight title.

Life in Apartheid-Era South Africa

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Africans form of racism is called Apartheid. This was the unfair treatment of blacks that lived in Africa. Nelson Mandela helped to stop the apartheid.

Afrikaans “apartness” policy that governed relations between South Africa ’s white minority and nonwhite majority and sanctioned racial segregation and political and economic discrimination.

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A policeman checks the pass of a black citizen. Blacks needed a pass to travel to work in 'white' area