Dr. Dale T. McKinley, ILRIG
Citation: South African Historical Journal, Volume 70, 2018 - Issue 1: The Politics of Armed
Struggle in Southern Africa: 27-41 - https://doi.org/10.1080/02582473.2017.1417469
This paper offers a critical analysis of the ANC’s armed struggle. The core argument advanced is that the turn to armed struggle marked a strategic turn away from the masses, which was born out of a historical failure to organise and mobilise around the actual and potential militancy of theworking/poor masses. The subsequent externalisation of the ANC, it alliance partners and MK situated the foundation of the liberation struggle, both in content and context, outside the mass of the movement's own constituency.
The political and practical result was that the armed struggle was prosecuted with minimal involvement of the oppressed sectors of the population”, effectively side-lining specific working class struggle and organisation. In turn, armed struggle increasingly became largely an armed propaganda exercise; a pressure tactic for a larger accomodationist strategy that by necessity had to rely on international conditions and actors for sustenance. This trajectory was cemented by the specific lack of coordination of political and military aspects of the struggle which cumulatively meant that the way in which the ANC prosecuted the armed struggle ensured there would be no insurrectionary seizure of power.
ILRIG takes great pleasure in inviting you to our Seminar titled: Acting against Gender Based Violence: Theatre and Art as Tools for Activism. The seminar is taking place during the 16 Days of Activism on the 27th November 2018.
The purpose of the seminar will be to review the ILRIG Gender Based Violence Project with a specific focus on sharing learning on the use of Forum Theatre and Comic Books as education tools. Participants who attended the GBV Workshops will be in attendance to share their experiences, we will have live demonstrations of the theatre in action which will be supported by video of the workshops, discussions and presentations from Educators and Artists.
Please RSVP by 24 November or earlier.
Date: 27 November 2018
Time: 09h00 – 16h30
Venue: Ashley Kriel Hall, Community House 41 Salt River Road
Public Forum on the character of the Ramaphosa Presidency and prospects for struggles. Community House 29th March 4pm. RSVP 0214476375