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Introduction: South Africa in Transition

  • John D. Brewer

Abstract

If for decades in South Africa the hands of the clock were stuck firmly at five minutes to midnight, they have now moved forward and the clock approaches dawn — a society where there is democracy, peace, justice and stability. But while getting to midnight was protracted and problematic enough, moving beyond it is equally fraught. If apartheid is dead, the new South Africa is yet still a weakling. Constitutional talks are floundering, political parties seem bent on self-interest, the paramilitary organisations continue their violence, such that atrocity piles upon atrocity, the white and black right wings threaten, crime levels have soared, and some promised reforms seem slow in their pace, notably constitutional changes, reform of the police and educational desegregation.

Keywords

Ethnic Identity Political Violence National Party Political Mobilisation Legitimate Police 
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© John D. Brewer 1994

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