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By John S. Saul

20 years on from the autumn of apartheid in South Africa, veteran analyst and activist John S. Saul examines the liberation fight, putting it in a nearby and worldwide context and looking out at how the preliminary optimism and wish has given option to a feeling of obstacle following hovering inequality degrees and the bloodbath of staff at Marikana.

With chapters on South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique, Saul examines the truth of southern Africa’s post-'liberation' plight, drawing at the insights of Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral and assessing claims new 'precariat' has emerged.

Saul examines the continued 'rebellion of the poor', together with the hot Marikana bloodbath, that experience shaken the sector and should sign the opportunity of a brand new and extra hopeful destiny.

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18 William L. Luttrell, Post-Capitalist Industrialization: Planning Economic Independence in Tanzania (New York: Praeger, 1986). 42 d A Flawed Freedom about democracy and failures of imagination in the rural sector) – in Nyerere’s presumed socialist strategy here stands starkly exposed. There are other fronts upon which to locate such a critical perspective. ” And what of women, the entire sphere of struggle for gender emancipation and gender equality? This was a front of “liberation” little discussed at the time in Tanzania, and, indeed, the record was not an encouraging one.

Indeed, the extent to which most southern African governments, through SADC, have closed ranks behind the villainous Mugabe is a sobering index of the challenge that continues to confront the people of southern Africa. For, evidence from throughout the region clearly demonstrates, the realities of Zimbabwe are duplicated (albeit in somewhat less graphic terms) on each of the region’s erstwhile fronts of liberation struggle. Yet we know too that there are also seeds of resentment and of resistance throughout the region.

And its aftermath. A story full of heroism, but also, in many ways, a grim tale, even if the right The Failure of Southern African Liberation? c 27 people – the arrogant white elites who once dominated, in racist terms, southern Africa – had lost. But, in the longer run, it is important to ask, who really won? Not, visibly and in any very expansive sense, the vast mass of the southern Africa people. Instead, the spoils of victory have mainly gone to “global capitalism” on the one hand, and to that thin stratum of black elites who have since arrogated to themselves whatever power and privilege global capital has left to them, on the other.

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