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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 neighborhood and international context and searching at how the preliminary optimism and desire has given method to a feeling of problem 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 continued 'rebellion of the poor', together with the hot Marikana bloodbath, that experience shaken the quarter and will sign the potential of a brand new and extra hopeful destiny.

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Collective saving geared to investment could then be seen as being drawn essentially, if not exclusively, from an expanding economic pool. 17 But this is, of course, precisely an emphasis that Nyerere and company turned their backs on. Thus Bill Luttrell,18 writing quite explicitly within the framework established by Thomas, demonstrates the almost complete failure of the “bureaucratic class” in Tanzania to do so, their continued subservience to the logic of global capitalism ensuring their long-term failure to actually develop the country.

One thing is clear: the liberation struggle continues. We cannot live in the (recent) past. We must act to shape the future. The liberation of southern Africa, then. 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.

Mlambo, Becoming Zimbabwe: A History from the Pre-colonial Period to 2008 (Harare: Weaver Press, 2009). 12 Richard Saunders, “Zimbabwe: liberation nationalism – old and born-again,” ROAPE, #127 (March, 2011). 13 Henning Melber, Re-examining Liberation in Namibia: Political Culture since Independence (Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2003). 14 See, again, footnote 1. 15 In sum, South Africa, like the other “liberated” locales of the region, has become, in the sober phrase with which Neville Alexander16 has titled a book of his own on South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy, merely “an ordinary country” – despite the rather finer future that many, both in southern Africa and beyond, had hoped would prove to be the outcome of the long years of liberation struggle.

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