The Future We Chose: Emerging Perspectives on the Centenary of the ANC

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Editor:          Busani Ngcaweni

ISBN:            978-0-7983-0436-8

Size:             240 x 165mm

Extent:         326 Pages

Published:     AISA

This book foregrounds emerging and different perspectives on the centenary of the ANC which was celebrated in February 2012. Differing in tenor, methodology and style, we present nineteen chapters that tackle various epochs and events in the making of the centenary of the oldest political organisation in Africa. The book offers new angles to our understanding of what sustained the ANC over one hundred years in spite of all the internal and external contradictions.

There is arguably a view that part of what distinguishes the ANC from other revolutionary movements in the continent is that from the turn of the twentieth century its founders prioritised national unity across tribal, ethnic, linguistic, religious, gender and racial identities. This ideal of national unity informed their responses to the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910 and the declaration of the South African Republic in 1961. In principle, the leadership was opposed not to these manifestations of concrete nation state formation but to the practice of excluding the majority of South African citizens according to racial markers.

As a contribution to the historiography of the ANC and that of South Africa which it was established to liberate, the book tackles the following critical questions: what traits in the ANC’s genetic code have kept it alive for one hundred years? Is the ANC on course to meeting its historical mission of building an equitable, nonracial, non-sexist and socially-democratic society as articulated in the Africans’ Claims, the Freedom Charter and the Strategy and Tactics documents? Finally, would the ANC continue to retain relevance for a bicentenary especially as it now contends with new internal and external contradictions in an increasingly unequally society and unipolar world order? This new hypothetical architecture, hopefully, will be employed by many others engaged in the study of the rise and fall of political organisations.

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About the contributors


Part 1 The Future We Chose

Chapter 1. Locating the ANC centenary in the South African historiography: A prelude

Busani Ngcaweni

Chapter 2. Recalling the historical significance of Pixley ka Isaka Seme in the founding of the               ANC

Ntongela Masilela

Chapter 3. The African agenda and the origins of internationalism within the ANC: 1912-1960

Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu

Part 2 Pillars of the Struggle

Chapter 4. The evolution of internal mass mobilisation as an instrument against colonialism: from pre-1912 to 1994

Mathethe Jeffrey Sehume and Dan Motaung

Chapter 5. The doors of education and culture shall be open: The centrality of education in the history of the ANC

John Pampallis

Chapter 6. Revisiting the role of the student movement in the making of democratic South Africa

David Maimela

Chapter 7. Through the shadow of death: The ANC’s underground struggle

Siphamandla Zondi

Chapter 8. The fourth pillar: A century of solidarity in ANC politics

Essop Pahad, Chris Landsberg and Eddy Maloka

Chapter 9. The Scandinavian anti-apartheid movement: international solidarity in action

Bengt Säve-Söderbergh and Pekka Peltola

Chapter 10. The presence of African liberation movements in Egypt after the Bandung Conference in 1955

Helmi Sharawy

Part 3 The Battle of Ideas

Chapter 11. After the centenary: Reflecting on the growth and development of the ANC from a revolutionary populist movement to a governing party

Anver Saloojee

Chapter 12. The idea of the African National Congress, democratic paradox and the stubborn spectre of coloniality

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Chapter 13. The centenary of the ANC: Prospects for the realisation of the pan-Africanist project

Thabo Mbeki

Chapter 14. Class dynamics and state transformation in South Africa

Joel Khathu Netshitenzhe

Part 4 The Future We Choose

Chapter 15. Organisational renewal: Aspiration or necessity?

Kgalema Motlanthe

Chapter 16. State, democracy and statistics in the making of the new South Africa

Pali Lehohla

Chapter 17. Socio-economic transformation in post-apartheid South Africa: Progress and challenges

Vusi Gumede

Chapter 18. Aspirations to an elusive developmental state: The obstacles to deep reform

Alan Hirsch

Chapter 19. The next frontier: Building a capable public service

Busani Ngcaweni

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