Free at Last? The Next Round in South Africa

  • John S. Saul
Keywords: Race, Marxism, Inequality


Hold the champagne. The struggle for democracy in South Africa is a long way from being over, despite the euphoria earlier this year surrounding the unbanning of the African National Congress, the release of Nelson Mandela, and the announcement that "negotiations" were now firmly on the agenda. But perhaps we can at least raise ourselves a glass of Niagara Peninsula red. Things have changed in South Africa, chiefly because of the reemergence—in 1989 and in the very teeth of the state-imposed Emergency—of mass political resistance inside South Africa itself. There is indeed cause for celebration in this victory of the South African people. But how much have things changed, and why? What happens next?