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.
Public Forum :- Zimbabwe
Mugabe gone, same repression
What is the South African Government doing? How do we characterise the governments Solidarity? Is it with the People or the Party?
Speakers: Leroy Masiri
Tendai Bhiza - PASSOP
Nkosi Ndlovu – Concerned Citizens of Zimbabwe
Date: 28 Febraury 2019
Venue: Imam Haron Hall, Community House Cape Town