Ronald Regan opposed the Anti-Apartheid Act that was instrumental in ending Apartheid in South Africa. Before it passed, he went on TV calling it ”immoral” and “utterly repugnant.” After it passed, Regan vetoed it. The Republican-controlled congress had a less racist sense of morality. They got a two-thirds majority and overrode Regan’s veto.
The act, officially the “Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act,” enacted strict new measures against the racist government in South Africa. Specifics included a ban on bank loans and new investments in South Africa, a sharp reduction of imports, and preventing most South African officials from traveling to the United States. The law also made clear what it would take to end the tough sanctions. It called for a repeal of apartheid laws and the release of political prisoners like African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela, who had spent the last 23 years in prison.