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Title:Apartheid policy and the prospect of majority rule in South Africa
Author:Busari, A.A.
Periodical:The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:political change
national liberation movements
Imperialism, Colonialism
political ideologies
Abstract:This paper begins with a brief historical survey of apartheid policy in South Africa, from the 17th century onward. Next, the formation and activities of liberation movements as a reaction to the oppressive rule of the white minority are discussed, with special attention for the ANC and the PAC. The formation in the early 1960s of the armed wings of the liberation organizations, which began a guerrilla war against the white government of South Africa, marked a turning point in the history of South African liberation movements. The paper continues with an examination of the problems of majority rule in South Africa. These include the notion of white superiority; the disunity among Africans; Western interests in South Africa; and South Africa's arms arsenal, which is supported by secret arms deals of Western countries with South Africa. In conclusion, attention is paid to the prospects of majority rule in South Africa. The author argues that since it is doubtful that the guerrillas can overthrow the white minority, these prospects depend on the way all nations of the world and, in particular, United Nations members, handle the issue of apartheid. Ref.