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Limpopo's Legacy: Student Politics & Democracy in South Africa

Limpopo's Legacy: Student Politics & Democracy in South Africa

by Anne K. Heffernan, Anne Heffernan


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In 2015 and 2016 waves of student protest swept South African campuses under the banner of Fees Must Fall. This book brings an historical perspective to the recent risings by analysing regional influences on the ideologies that haveunderpinned South African student politics from the 1960s to the present. The author considers the history of student organization in the Northern Transvaal (today Limpopo Province) and the ways in which students and youth in this relatively isolated area in the north of South Africa have influenced political change on a national scale, over generations. Organized around the stories of several key political actors, the book introduces the reader to critical spaces of political mobilization in the region. Among the most prominent is the University of the North at Turfloop, which played an integral role in building the South African Students' Organisation (SASO) in the late 1960s and propagating Black Consciousness in the 1970s. It became an ideological battleground where Black Consciousness advocates and ANC-affiliates competed for influence in the 1980s. Turfloop has remained politically significant in thepost-apartheid era: it was here in 2007 that Julius Malema stumped for Jacob Zuma's ascension to the presidency during the ANC's pivotal party conference that resulted in the ousting of Thabo Mbeki. The final two chapters address Malema's political ascension in regional branches of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and the ANC Youth League.

Anne Heffernan is Assistant Professor in the History of Southern Africa at Durham University and a Research Associate of the History Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand. She is Co-editor of Students Must Rise: Youth Struggle in South Africa Before and Beyond Soweto '76 (Wits University Press, 2016).

Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Swaziland): Wits University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847012173
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 01/18/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,146,917
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Turfloop, Crucible of Change
Centre of the Storm
Africanisation: The New Face of Turfloop
Black Consciousness in Decline
Congresses and Comrades
Populism and the New Youth League
Julius Malema and Youth Politics in the New Limpopo
Epilogue: Legacies of Limpopo

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