By John S. Saul
Two decades 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 worldwide context and searching at how the preliminary optimism and wish has given technique to a feeling of difficulty 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 sector and will sign the potential of a brand new and extra hopeful destiny.
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Special Combined Issue” of Chemchemi (Dar es Salaam), 4 and 5, “in celebration of 50 years of Tanzanian independence” (2011). 4 Indeed, it is the emotions of that time as well as my sober reflections over some fifty years regarding things Tanzanian that I bring to this chapter. *** The “moment” of Ujamaa may have been brief but in the late sixties and early seventies Tanzania was certainly an exciting place to be. True, as we will see, the implications of what had been begun with the Arusha Declaration in 1968 were just too dangerous and too radical even for its initial champion, Julius Nyerere.
Tanzania Fifty Years On c 37 The word “authoritarian” is not chosen lightly by Schneider. In fact, its use lies at the very centre of the argument he wishes to make. ” Shocking then that much-cited analysts like Cranford Pratt can demur somewhat at Nyerere’s too leftist economic policies but laud him for his fervent embrace of democracy! Because, put quite simply, the latter emphasis is almost entirely inaccurate. In this connection I am forced to recall an all-too-acrimonious debate I had several decades ago with Pratt himself regarding the Tanzanian experience.