In 1975, Kaiser Matanzima, paramount chief of emigrant Thembu and State President of the Transkei Bantustan, publishes Independence My Way. In it, he argues that liberation can only occur through a federation of black states, rather than through organizations such as the African National Congress. His ideas are not taken seriously till the death of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island in 1987. Without a leader to guide negotiations with the National party government, the leaders of the Bantustans and liberation movements rally around Matanzima and his plan. This climaxes with the declaration, on April 27, 1989, of the Federation of Azania. The South African Government refuses to accept this, and moves troops and police into the Bantustans, precipitating the South African Civil War (also known as the second Mfecane). The war drags on till International mediation leads to its end in 1994.The War splits South Africa in two.
The Western part, containing most of the Cape Province and Orange State province, remains part of a rump South Africa, dominated still by whites, though a growing Coloured and an influx of Indians from the East is challenging that. The Eastern part, which incorporates most of the Bantustans, the former Natal and Transvaal provinces, and a bit of the Cape Province, has become the Black dominated Federation of Azania.
This map is just a modified based map of South Africa, with the base taken from here. The Azania flag was created by me. Feel free to leave a comment!
A very good map, especially with the background story and the province names using the various languages.
(Have you heard about the real Cape secessionist movement?)
SA could have split in two parts if the dividing issue was not race, which was unacceptable. White supremacists could have raised an army, but they would be vastly outnumbered.
But let's just presume they did raise an army to defend their privileged status in conutry and that International mediation led to creation of two states.
Look at theese maps. If the rift was to take place it would probably happen on language (Afrikaans) and/or race lines.
language map en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sou…
race map en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sou…
Note the problems:
North Cape is mostly desert
Afrikaners are predominanty concentrated in urban areas
Note the small pathces of green and yellow on the maps. Those are also mostly urban areas of higher GDP.
Two possible states would divide on east and west, but it would be a tough job, and IMO a slightly different borders.
Thank you for your constructive comment!