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Title:Die ANC/SAKP in Angola: 'n gevallestudie rakende interne demokrasie
Authors:Scholtz, LeopoldISNI
Scholtz, Ingrid
Year:2009
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Volume:54
Issue:1
Pages:211-238
Language:Afrikaans
Geographic terms:South Africa
Angola
Subjects:African National Congress (South Africa)
democracy
political history
anti-apartheid resistance
Abstract:The ANC/South African Communist Party (SACP) has always maintained that the purpose of their armed struggle was freedom and democracy. One way of testing this assertion is to investigate the alliance's practice of internal democracy during the years of exile. To this end, this article looks at the situation in the camps of the ANC's military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in Angola; the two armed uprisings in 1984; and Quatro punishment camp. Two paradigms for explaining the situation are analysed - the ANC saying that it was a result of the apartheid government's spying; and the dissidents stating that they simply wanted a democratic culture of accountability. The final conclusion is that, while the ANC's explanation is not entirely off the mark, it remains a fact that the alliance's internal democracy left much to be desired. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans, text in Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]
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