n Journal for Contemporary History - "In case of emergency". South African states of emergency, CA. 1985-1988 : synopsis and chronology

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Due to a combination of socio- economic and political factors, apartheid-South Africa erupted in violent political conflict during the early 1980s. For most of the decade that preceded the transition to majority rule, the minority government ruled through martial law. This article discusses the States of Emergencies that were declared during the Presidency of PW Botha in the latter half of the decade.

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