n African Renaissance - A 'third transition' or 'cracks' in the foundations of South Africa's negotiated settlement?

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Perhaps the 'big question' that needs to be posed from the outset is: how would one best define and understand the period that South Africa is going through, especially since 2009 up until the first half of 2010? South Africa as a country seems to be 'passing through a period of stress' (Bundy 1988) in the areas of economy, national unity and overall democratic performance. Despite the many positive initiatives of the new administration, there is a persistent sense in which democracy itself seems to be hitting a vicious circles. As Meshack Mabogoane wrote, ( 21/03/10), "for a country to have gone from the much-vaunted miracle to the present miserable situation, is in itself, mysterious". A massive groundswell of popular discontent and the uncertainty of hope has come to strongly characterise South Africa at this stage. The way in which black townships are once again, gradually becoming centres of protests, flooded time and again, by the police and intelligence operatives who unleash the misty fog of teargas over the skies of protesting Black townships, gives the impression that the country is unravelling to the foundations of the pain which animated the pre-1994 national liberation struggle.

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