Twenty years on from the fall of apartheid in South Africa, veteran analyst and activist John S. Saul examines the liberation struggle, placing it in a regional and global context and looking at how the initial optimism and hope has given way to a sense of crisis following soaring inequality levels and the massacre of workers at Marikana.
With chapters on South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique, Saul examines the reality of southern Africa's post-'liberation' plight, drawing on the insights of Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral and assessing claims that a new 'precariat' has emerged.
Saul examines the ongoing 'rebellion of the poor', including the recent Marikana massacre, that have shaken the region and may signal the possibility of a new and more hopeful future.
John S. Saul is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of A Flawed Freedom: Rethinking Southern African Liberation (Pluto, 2014) He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 by the Canadian Association of African Studies for his writing and lecturing on South Africa.
Introduction: 'Globalisation Made Me Do It' vs. 'The Struggle Continues' 1. The Failure of Southern African Liberation? 2. Tanzania Fifty Years On (1961-2011): Rethinking Ujamaa, Nyerere and Socialism in Africa 3. Mozambique - not Then but Now 4. On Taming a Revolution: The South African Case 5. The New Terms of Resistance: Proletariat, Precariat and the Present African Prospect 6. Conclusions: The Struggle Really Does Continue in Southern Africa Appendix: 'More Comfortably Without Her?' Ruth First as Writer and Activist Index