By John S. Saul
Two decades 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 international context and searching at how the preliminary optimism and wish has given strategy to a feeling of drawback following hovering inequality degrees and the bloodbath of employees 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 continuing 'rebellion of the poor', together with the new Marikana bloodbath, that experience shaken the zone and will sign the potential for a brand new and extra hopeful destiny.
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For the latter was then, and however briefly, on its ascent, with Nyerere linked, by the late 1960s, to the moment of “Ujamaa” – and to the possibility, even the promise, of a distinctive socialism in Africa that could be the touchstone for something beyond the kind of “neo-colonialism” and “false decolonization” that great thinkers like Frantz Fanon had already identified as the sobering stigmata of the overall African decolonization 1 On November 28, 2011 I presented a version of this essay, subsequently published in much the present form in ROAPE, #131 (March, 202), at an Oxford seminar.
5 Alice Dinerman, Revolution, Counter-revolution and Revisionism in Post-colonial Africa: the Case of Mozambique (Milton Park and New York: Routledge, 2006), pp. 19–20. Mozambique – Not Then But Now c 47 There are a number of possible explanations for such an outcome, and commentators (including the present author) have continued endlessly to debate their relative weight and significance. Certainly the country’s inheritance from colonial domination was a poor one, reflected in such weaknesses as the paucity of trained indigenous personnel and in an economic dependence that pulled the country strongly towards subordination to global dictate despite efforts to resist it.
There are those who still argue at this point that Nyerere was merely blocked in his own high-minded intentions by the global realities of power and by recalcitrant politicians and bureaucrats in his own camp. There is some truth in this, of course, but not, I would argue, nearly enough to cover all the data nor to explain all the contradictions in the ujamaa project. ” Nor would one suggest that “Tanzanian socialism” could ever merely have sprung, “spontaneously,” from the Tanzanian populace. No, leadership, clearly explaining costs and benefits and the complexities of seeking to realize progressive outcomes while helping to “raise popular consciousness,” would inevitably have to have been part of any revolutionary political equation.
A Flawed Freedom: Rethinking Southern African Liberation by John S. Saul