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The thorny issue of ‘race’ in South African politics: why it endures almost 30 years after apartheid ended

The thorny issue of ‘race’ in South African politics: why it endures almost 30 years after apartheid ended

“RACE” continues to have much political salience in South Africa, a country where, in the past, perceived differences of skin colour were used to construct a hierarchy of “races”, with whites at the top, to justify their political economic domination. The move to constitutional democracy in 1994 committed the country to non-racialism. However, almost three decades after the end of apartheid, politicians of different stripes continue to use “race” as a wedge issue to mobilise support. ROGER SOUTHALL, Professor of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand The question is why. Two answers stand out. The first is that racial oppression has…
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Rising vigilantism: ’SA reaping fruits of misrule’

Rising vigilantism: ’SA reaping fruits of misrule’

ONCE relegated to the margins of South African politics, anti-immigrant activism has gone mainstream. Several anti-immigrant groups including Operation Dudula, All Trucker Foundation and the South Africa First Party, have become reference points for national debate. Reflecting forms of radical protectionism, they channel the frustrations of South Africans with corruption, crime, and unemployment. The results are campaigns to ‘clean’ the country of immigrants, home invasions and widespread threats and violence. Authors LOREN B LANDAU, Co-Director of the Wits-Oxford Mobility Governance Lab, University of the Witwatersrand JEAN PIERRE MISAGO, Researcher, University of the Witwatersrand This is not a response to an…
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South Africa remains a nation of insiders and outsiders, 27 years after democracy

South Africa remains a nation of insiders and outsiders, 27 years after democracy

TWENTY seven years into democracy, South African politics is still for the few. And those who complain the most have the least to grumble about. STEVEN FRIEDMAN, Professor of Political Studies, University of Johannesburg Since South Africa is highly unequal and remains divided into insiders and outsiders – those who benefit from the market economy and those who can’t – we might expect its politics to be a loud battle between those who have and those who don’t. Most commentators believe it is. Within the governing African National Congress (ANC), a battle rages between the “radical economic transformation forces”, who…
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