n Journal for Contemporary History - The battle of Namoha, Qwa-qwa (1950) : an oral history perspective

Volume 30, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Between 1940 and 1960 there was a succession of bitter territorial conflicts be-tween peasants and the authorities in the African reserves of South Africa. During this period the state played an increasingly interventionist role in the countryside. The reserves were needed for new economic and political functions, and a series of attempts were made to restructure them accordingly. In the process, established social relationships were disrupted whilst conflict between these communities and the government became increasingly more commonplace.

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