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Title:'The shaky granite wall': the post-Sharpeville crisis in South Africa 1960-63
Author:Maylam, PaulISNI
Periodical:Zeitschrift für Afrikastudien
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political conditions
political stability
Abstract:One particular notion has over the years gained widespread currency in the political discourse of transformation in South Africa, that is, the idea that the apartheid State has been, in varying degrees at different stages of its existence, in a state of crisis or at a point of no return. Subjective perceptions of crisis on the part of major actors both within the governing class and the opposition, during such episodes, are important as they will tend to shape responses and strategies on both sides. This article explores perceptions of crisis at the time of one of the more seemingly cataclysmic episodes in recent South African history, the Sharpeville massacre of 1960. In particular, it addresses the following questions: How did major actors perceive the political situation at the time of Sharpeville? How vulnerable did the State appear to be? Was this 'the crisis, the point of no return'? How did perceptions of crisis shape political strategies? Bibliogr., note.