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 local and international context and searching at how the preliminary optimism and wish has given option to a feeling of problem 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 continued 'rebellion of the poor', together with the new Marikana bloodbath, that experience shaken the sector and will sign the opportunity of a brand new and extra hopeful destiny.
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Pp. 134–135). 48 d A Flawed Freedom Here, however, the main task of this chapter comes clearly into focus: what is the nature of the present “globalist, neoliberal agenda”? What kind of prospects, if any, does it promise for the country? What alternatives to it exist, concretely? ” Rather we must carefully assess the actually existing moment in present-day Mozambique – while also seeking cautiously to divine the future. This is no small challenge, as we will see. For there are a number of competing paradigms that are proposed in order to shape any such assessment.
Sopa, ed. Samora: a Man of the People, (Maputo: Maguezo Editores, 2001), pp. 103–110, and also José-Luis Cabaço, Moçambique: identidade, colonialismo e libertaçao (Saø Paolo: Editora UNESP, 2009). 46 d A Flawed Freedom to implement a society-wide programme that would liberate the country’s economic potential while also meeting the needs of the vast majority of Mozambique’s population. The result? ” In sum: Whatever their fate, the projects of the post-independence regimes of lusophone Africa were probably the most principled and decent ever proposed for the continent.
But, of course, many countries in Africa were obtaining their independence from the British and French colonial states in those years. What set Tanzania apart in the 1960s, much as Ghana had been set apart, in the 1950s, by Kwame Nkrumah’s “Black Star” (as Basil Davidson once entitled a book chronicling Osageyfo’s moment of ascendancy) was Nyerere’s own star. For the latter was then, and however briefly, on its ascent, with Nyerere linked, by the late 1960s, to the moment of “Ujamaa” – and to the possibility, even the promise, of a distinctive socialism in Africa that could be the touchstone for something beyond the kind of “neo-colonialism” and “false decolonization” that great thinkers like Frantz Fanon had already identified as the sobering stigmata of the overall African decolonization 1 On November 28, 2011 I presented a version of this essay, subsequently published in much the present form in ROAPE, #131 (March, 202), at an Oxford seminar.
A Flawed Freedom: Rethinking Southern African Liberation by John S. Saul