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Anthea Jeffery: the People's war and ANC's quest for hegemony - BizNews.com

Anthea Jeffery: the People's war and
ANC's quest for hegemony
Dr.  Anthea  Jeffery  is  Head  of  Policy
Research at the IRR.
Pretoria – During the last decade of the struggle in
South Africa,  the ANC  wanted  hegemony  over  the
country, Dr Anthea Jeffery, head of policy research
at the Institute of Race Relations, said on Friday.
She  said  the  ANC  has  always  depicted  its
liberation  struggle  as  a  just  war,  fought  by  just
“But, in fact, the ANC’s struggle – in its last decade
from  1984  to  1994  –  took  the  form  of  a  ruthless
people’s war that was primarily aimed at giving the
ANC  hegemony  over  the  new  South Africa,  rather
than at liberation,” Jeffery told people attending an
AfriForum  conference  in  memory  of  the  victims  of
the Church Street bombing.
“This  was  especially  the  case  from  1990  onwards,  when  the  door  to  democracy  had  already
been thrown open and there was no need to batter it down.”
Read  also:  Anthea  Jeffery:  Jobs,  not  racism,  SA’s  most  serious  unresolved
Jeffery, in her address titled “People’s war and ANC Hegemony”, said the war did not depend
for its success on the class of competing armies.
“Which helps to explain why it mattered little that the ANC’s armed wing, UMkhonto we Sizwe,
had no capacity to defeat the South African army. It rests in part on bomb attacks, including the
car bomb in Pretoria in May 1983, which killed 19 people,” she said.
The bomb was set off outside the Nedbank Square building in Church Street on May 20, 1983.
The target was the South African Air Force offices. Nineteen people, including the two bombers,
were killed and 217 people were injured.
Jeffery  added  that  the  underlying  aim  of  the  ANC  was  not  only  to  rob  the  National  Party
government of its will to rule, but also to weaken and destroy it’s black political rivals1.
“This last was essential if ANC was to gain hegemony over the new South Africa and then use
its power to push forward with the second stage of its revolution. It also helps explain why the
great  majority  of  the  victims  of  the  people’s  war  were  black,  rather  than  the  white  South
Africans,” said Jeffery. – News24




Anthea Jeffery: the People's war and ANC's quest for hegemony - BizNews.com

1. ↑ Anthea Jeffery: Jobs, not racism, SA’s most serious unresolved problem 
      (  http://www.biznews.com/thought­leaders/2016/02/11/anthea­jeffery­unemployment­not­racism­sas­most­
serious­unresolved­problem/ )

2. ↑  http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/anc­conducted­a­ruthless­peoples­war­saiir­
   ( http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/anc­conducted­a­ruthless­peoples­war­saiir­head­20160520 )
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