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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 looking out at how the preliminary optimism and wish has given approach 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 continuing 'rebellion of the poor', together with the new Marikana bloodbath, that experience shaken the quarter and will sign the potential of a brand new and extra hopeful destiny.

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A. dissertation, Dalhousie University, 2007. , p. ” Tanzania Fifty Years On c 33 the University of Dar es Salaam by the Field Force Unit in 1970. Standing nearby, I saw my own student Akivaga, the Kenyan leader of the University Student Council who, having been summoned for a meeting with the principal, was then dragged, at gun-point, down the cement stairs at the front of the administration building, tossed like a sack of old clothes into a waiting army vehicle and sped away to his expulsion both from the university and from the country.

L. ), Activist Voices: Feminist Struggles for an Alternative World (Dar es Salaam: Tanzania Gender Networking Programme, 2003), p. 152. The interview with Bibi Titi, on which this article focusses was carried out by Ms. Meena in 1988. Tanzania Fifty Years On c 43 *** Strengths and weaknesses, then. But the question remains: should not Tanzania’s socialist moment constitute a very real learning experience for a continent that has still not fully confronted the threat of continuing subordination by global capital (including in its present-day Chinese form)?

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. I am, of course, well aware that “the struggle continues” – although the forces who actively wage it may be still fragmented and relatively weak.

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