oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - The liberation legacy : literalist and normative torchbearers battle for the post-society economy

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



Apartheid is classified by some as a system of exploitation by capitalist forces of production, by which racism is a by-product of class conflict, used by the oppressor as a justification for oppression. The ANC emerged to take power after South Africa's peaceful negotiations in 1994 following a legacy of rhetorical appeal that backed a socialist-oriented alternative to the apartheid system. The economic manifestations of it were understood as capitalism or the open market. Any acceptance of the capitalist system in a post-democracy period would, in the light of this trajectory, constitute a continuation of the effects of oppression, whereby the starting point for economic behaviour is a legacy of an unjust structural arrangement.

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