Southern African Liberation Struggles

New local, regional and global perspectives


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  • ISBN: 9781919895932
  • Extent: 320
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  • Category: UCT Press, Political Studies, African History and Politics

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There has been a recent outpouring of memoirs and biographies of the ‘great men’ of the southern African liberation movements. But the writing of critical reflective histories of these movements by non-partisan, independent scholars is still in its infancy. This collection of essays illustrates the intertwined histories of southern African liberation struggles and those of regional and international solidarity movements from the 1960s to the establishment of a non-racial democracy in South Africa in 1994, reflecting the new directions currently taken by ‘indigenous’ southern–African based scholars, and those writing from abroad.
   
The essays probe beyond the heroic portrayals of armed struggles and nationalist resistance to examine the fissures and tensions that existed within them and thus provide insights into the more troubling and darker aspects of the movements’ histories: human rights abuses perpetrated by the ‘liberators’; the important, if ambiguous, roles played by other southern African states which hosted, and provided succour for, the ANC and its armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in exile; the support provided to the Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC) by the Lesotho government and the ways in which the fractious and personality-dominated politics of the organisation contributed to its weakness and ultimate eclipse by the ANC; the relationship between Muslims in Northern Mozambique and that country’s liberation movements.

The book also seeks to present more nuanced accounts of the solidarity movements that flourished alongside the liberation and exile movements, such as the British-based Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM), which in the 1970s found itself at odds both with international interest groups pursuing constructive engagement with the South African government and with elements in the country’s grassroots movements. Even this organisation, committed to the downfall of systemic racial domination in South Africa, was beset by its own tensions of race, and had a difficult relationship with Black Britons.

The collection’s uniqueness lies in drawing together internal and external struggles in exile. And it provides new insights into the relationships that exiles and guerrillas developed with host societies and solidarity organisations, both within the southern African region, and in the United Kingdom.

Acknowledgement
Foreword by Shula Marks
Notes on Contributors
LIBERATION STRUGGLES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA IN CONTEXT - Hilary Sapire and Chris Saunders

SECTION 1: LOCAL AND REGIONAL STRUGGLES
Chapter 1: The Implosion of the Pan-Africanist Congress: Basutoland, c. 1962–1965 - Arianna Lissoni
Chapter 2: Muslims and the Liberation Struggle in Northern Mozambique - Liazzat J.K. Bonate
Chapter 3: Morogoro and After: The Continuing Crisis in the African National Congress (of South Africa) in Zambia - Hugh Macmillan
Chapter 4: The ANC Underground in Swaziland, c. 1975–1982 - Thula Simpson
Chapter 5: The ANC: From Freedom Radio to Radio Freedom - Steve Davis
Chapter 6: The Intersection of Violent and Non-Violent Strategies in the South African Liberation Struggle - Janet Cherry
Chapter 7: ‘The Spy’ and the Camp: SWAPO in Lubango, 1980–1989 - Christian Williams
Chapter 8: The Freedom Park Fracas and the Divisive Legacy of South Africa’s ‘Border War’/Liberation Struggle - Gary Baines

SECTION 2: INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITIES
Chapter 9: National Liberation and International Solidarity: Anatomy of a Special Relationship - Colin Bundy
Chapter 10: The 1970s: The Anti-apartheid Movement’s Difficult Decade - Christabel Gurney
Chapter 11: Black British Solidarity With the Anti-apartheid Struggle: The West Indian Standing Conference and Black Action for the Liberation of Southern Africa - Elizabeth M. Williams
Chapter 12: Activism in Britain for Namibian Independence: The Namibia Support Committee - Chris Saunders

IN CONCLUSION - Chris Saunders and Hilary Sapire                                       



 

Academics and students of history and politics, and African Studies. The educated lay reader interested in the recent history of southern Africa.

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There has been a recent outpouring of memoirs and biographies of the ‘great men’ of the southern African liberation movements. But the writing of critical reflective histories of these movements by non-partisan, independent scholars is still in its infancy. This collection of essays illustrates the intertwined histories of southern African liberation struggles and those of regional and international solidarity movements from the 1960s to the establishment of a non-racial democracy in South Africa in 1994, reflecting the new directions currently taken by ‘indigenous’ southern–African based scholars, and those writing from abroad.
   
The essays probe beyond the heroic portrayals of armed struggles and nationalist resistance to examine the fissures and tensions that existed within them and thus provide insights into the more troubling and darker aspects of the movements’ histories: human rights abuses perpetrated by the ‘liberators’; the important, if ambiguous, roles played by other southern African states which hosted, and provided succour for, the ANC and its armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in exile; the support provided to the Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC) by the Lesotho government and the ways in which the fractious and personality-dominated politics of the organisation contributed to its weakness and ultimate eclipse by the ANC; the relationship between Muslims in Northern Mozambique and that country’s liberation movements.

The book also seeks to present more nuanced accounts of the solidarity movements that flourished alongside the liberation and exile movements, such as the British-based Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM), which in the 1970s found itself at odds both with international interest groups pursuing constructive engagement with the South African government and with elements in the country’s grassroots movements. Even this organisation, committed to the downfall of systemic racial domination in South Africa, was beset by its own tensions of race, and had a difficult relationship with Black Britons.

The collection’s uniqueness lies in drawing together internal and external struggles in exile. And it provides new insights into the relationships that exiles and guerrillas developed with host societies and solidarity organisations, both within the southern African region, and in the United Kingdom.

Acknowledgement
Foreword by Shula Marks
Notes on Contributors
LIBERATION STRUGGLES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA IN CONTEXT - Hilary Sapire and Chris Saunders

SECTION 1: LOCAL AND REGIONAL STRUGGLES
Chapter 1: The Implosion of the Pan-Africanist Congress: Basutoland, c. 1962–1965 - Arianna Lissoni
Chapter 2: Muslims and the Liberation Struggle in Northern Mozambique - Liazzat J.K. Bonate
Chapter 3: Morogoro and After: The Continuing Crisis in the African National Congress (of South Africa) in Zambia - Hugh Macmillan
Chapter 4: The ANC Underground in Swaziland, c. 1975–1982 - Thula Simpson
Chapter 5: The ANC: From Freedom Radio to Radio Freedom - Steve Davis
Chapter 6: The Intersection of Violent and Non-Violent Strategies in the South African Liberation Struggle - Janet Cherry
Chapter 7: ‘The Spy’ and the Camp: SWAPO in Lubango, 1980–1989 - Christian Williams
Chapter 8: The Freedom Park Fracas and the Divisive Legacy of South Africa’s ‘Border War’/Liberation Struggle - Gary Baines

SECTION 2: INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITIES
Chapter 9: National Liberation and International Solidarity: Anatomy of a Special Relationship - Colin Bundy
Chapter 10: The 1970s: The Anti-apartheid Movement’s Difficult Decade - Christabel Gurney
Chapter 11: Black British Solidarity With the Anti-apartheid Struggle: The West Indian Standing Conference and Black Action for the Liberation of Southern Africa - Elizabeth M. Williams
Chapter 12: Activism in Britain for Namibian Independence: The Namibia Support Committee - Chris Saunders

IN CONCLUSION - Chris Saunders and Hilary Sapire                                       



 

Academics and students of history and politics, and African Studies. The educated lay reader interested in the recent history of southern Africa.

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