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 desire has given approach to a feeling of trouble 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 area and will sign the potential of a brand new and extra hopeful destiny.
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There, say Bauer and Taylor, “the ZANU-PF’s stewardship of the economy [has] been an unmitigated disaster,”11 while its politics, through years of overt and enormously costly dictatorial practices, have produced a situation, as Richard Saunders details (in his own essay in the original AfricafFiles/ Roape symposium that followed this essay/introduction12), that is proving enormously difficult both to displace and to move beyond. , p. 163. , p. 197; also Brian Raftopoulos and A. Mlambo, Becoming Zimbabwe: A History from the Pre-colonial Period to 2008 (Harare: Weaver Press, 2009).
What might Africans on the ground in the region have to do next, and how can they best be supported from outside in doing so? Equally importantly, how might residents of the global North organise themselves in order – with respect to any “next liberation support struggle” – to best assist them: staying the hand of our own governments and corporations on the one hand, and speaking out clearly and effectively on behalf of such movements for genuine liberation on the ground, on the other? One thing is clear: the liberation struggle continues.
As Leander Schneider (one of the most careful and incisive of all scholars of the “ujamaa vijini” initiative) suggests, in this central rural policy several of the most inspiring strands of Nyerere’s politics flow together – in particular, an exemplary commitment to improving the condition of the poor, as well as his theorizing about the nexus of development, freedom, empowerment, and participation. However, it is also in the field of rural development that problematic dimensions of Nyerere’s leadership become, perhaps, most starkly apparent.
A Flawed Freedom: Rethinking Southern African Liberation by John S. Saul