oa Africa Insight - Student participation in Kwazulu politics

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The aim of this study is to measure the participation in KwaZulu politics of Zulu students at the University of Zululand. The broad relevance of student participation in the politics of developing countries has been widely documented (Roucek, 1966, p 115; Liebman, 1964, p208; Lipset, 1967, p5; Bakke, 1967, p54). The specific relevance of this study is twofold. (i) The students are Zulus, who are supposed to find political accommodation in KwaZulu based on the ethnicity principle of the separate development ideology. (ii) The students are the future members of the Zulu elite. KwaZulu needs individuals with a university training to fill roles as decision-makers in government, the civil service, political parties, social life and the economy. Ideologically, one of the tasks of the University of Zululand is to socialise members of the Zulu elite. (Van Wyk, 1977, p77-8).

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