oa Africa Insight - Lesotho and the reintegration of South Africa

Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The liberation of South Africa, as envisaged by the African National Congress (ANC) (and not now disavowed by the ruling National Party), will almost certainly be on the basis of a formally unitary, democratic and non-racial state. Implied by this is the re-incorporation of the four nominally independent bantustans - Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei (TBVC) - into the body politic of the renovated Republic, and the integration of all ""homelands"" into a national structure of regional and local government. On what terms, and quite how this restructuring will come about, remains to be seen, subject as it is to the process and course of negotiations and continuing liberation struggle.

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