Unisa Press

The Road to Democracy in South Africa – Abridged Version Vol 2

Author: South African Democracy Education Trust (SADET)
Published: December 12, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-86888-782-8
Number of pages: 223
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About the book

SADET’s Road to Democracy in South Africa Abridged Edition volume 2 tells the history of the liberation struggle in a crucial decade – the 1970s. Volume 2 includes chapters on ‘The Soweto Uprisings’ and ‘The ANC underground’. While the series covers the period 1960–1994, volume 2 is based closely on the academic version of SADET’s Road to Democracy series that has achieved wide acclaim. But with a distinct difference.

Unlike the bulky academic versions, the Abridged Edition series is much shorter; it is quicker and easier to read. The footnotes and the lengthy quotations have been removed. So too have the intricate details that some might find overwhelming. What has been left is the nitty-gritty, the captivating account of how the oppressed masses strove to achieve their freedom in the 1970s. Each volume captures all the drama, courage and horror of compelling historical events, researched by experts in the field.

The names of authors of the Road to Democracy in South Africa Abridged Edition series have been removed from each chapter but theirs is the credit for researching and creating them, despite the summarising, cutting and paraphrasing that has been done to produce the Abridged Edition. The original chapter headings and most of the sub-headings within the chapters have been retained.

This Abridged Edition series should be read by every South African. The hope is that others on the African continent and elsewhere in the world will find much of interest in this and the other volumes in this series. After all, the history of the liberation struggle in South Africa is one of Africa’s greatest historical narratives.

Table of content

Preface vii

List of acronyms ix

Chapter 1

Introduction to the 1970s: The social and political context 1

Chapter 2

From détente to the rise of the garrison state 17

Chapter 3

The Black Consciousness Movement 39

Chapter 4

Culture, resistance and representation 61

Chapter 5

The revival of the labour movement 75

Chapter 6

The Soweto uprising 97

Part 1: Soweto

Part 2: Alexandra

Part 3: Thembisa and Kathorus

Chapter 7

The ANC political underground in the 1970s 119

The Road to Democracy in South Africa, Abridged Edition Vol 2

Chapter 8

The ANC’s armed struggle in the 1970s 143

Chapter 9

The ANC underground in Natal 167

Chapter 10

The liberation struggle in the Eastern Cape 185

Chapter 11

The ANC’s diplomacy and international relations 205

Chapter 12

The PAC’s internal underground activities: 1960–1980 223

Chapter 13

The PAC in exile 235

Chapter 14

Resistance and repression in the bantustans 251

Part 1: Transkei and Ciskei

Part 2: Bophuthatswana

Chapter 15

‘Neither communists nor saboteurs’: KwaZulu bantustan politics 273

Chapter 16

Aboveground organisations and activities 287

Part 1: Aspects of aboveground activity

Part 2: NUSAS in the 1970s

Part 3: The revival of the Natal Indian Congress

Index 317