August 21, 2012

South Africa: The Politics of Massacre

Gwynne Dyer, Winnipeg Free Press

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It is now 18 years since the fall of apartheid, and a substantial class of prosperous middle-class blacks has emerged (together with a small group of very rich people with close links to the ANC). However, the poor majority remain desperately poor, and they no longer trust the ANC to bring positive change in their lives. They are starting to defect politically, and the main battle is being fought on the territory of the trade unions.

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TAGGED: Jacob Zuma, ANC, Africa, South Africa


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