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6 thoughts on “Unfinished Business: South Africa Apartheid & Truth

  1. says:

    This is a story of bad people getting away with murder whilst remaining in power The pretence that they are helping to eradicate the very evil that they themselves created and are part of, can be found in every country.I thought I was pretty clued up about the situation in South Africa I am now The book is obviously about South Africa but it tells the story it in a way which makes you feel you are connected Like the previous reviewer I am left wondering why people are still doing nothing and what can I do.It has been said again and again that, bad things happen when good men do nothing In this case bad things happen when, equally bad men from entirely different nations do nothing, and prevent good men doing something.It is not an easy book to read and you may well dispair for humanity from the very first pages, but don t be fooled into thinking that it couldn t happen here or that it isn t happening elsewhere under a different regime to a greater of lesser extent.


  2. says:

    Good book


  3. says:

    By the end of the 1970 s the intelligent members of South Africa s white ruling elite understood that apartheid needed reforming After nearly a decade of strikes, township rebellion, political ferment in neighbouring states, and the increasing popularity of revolutionary ideas, opinion at the top of white society slowly shifted to the modernising view that if you don t give people reform, then they will give you revolution Against this backdrop, the ideological core of the apartheid state and the National Party NP , the Afrikaner Brotherhood, began to splinter Factions were formed and reformed.But the real problem was that reform in the South African context meant majority rule, which in turn meant a black government Nothing less was demanded by a people who gradually came to realise that a racially exclusive democracy posing as a defender of equality through segregation, was nothing but a screen behind which the plunder of black African land and labour could continue But majority rule, even for the modernisers , was not on the agenda A limited franchise was about as far as their reforms were prepared to go And to prove the point that even on other issues reform would take place by diktat and not by negotiation, over 700 people, mostly school children, were shot dead in 1976 on a demonstration against Nationalist policy on language education.Alongside these developments, tensions also began to mount within the opposition to apartheid The Black Consciousness movement as represented by Steve Biko, enjoyed popular support within the townships and vied with the African National Congress ANC , which was influenced by the South African Communist Party, and the Pan African Congress The appearance on the political stage of a mass black trade union movement fuelled a further debate on what should replace apartheid, socialism or a benevolent capitalism shorn of its racial policies.By the eighties the stakes were high The conflict of interests within the Afrikaner Brotherhood between the traditionalists and modernisers , military setbacks in Angola, hostile governments in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and a rising tide of black anger infused with revolutionary ideas, placed the defence of apartheid on a trajectory of violence and bloodshed Caught between its need for economic stability and fear from below, the South African state lashed out with an unprecedented level of murder and mayhem using spies, torture, death squads, banishment, exile and imprisonment.Terry Bell, with Dumisa Ntsebeza, address their book to this bloody struggle for power, and in doing so have done a great service to those who still fight for equality and justice in the post apartheid era.They show, through detailed historical analysis, archive research, and evidence from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC , the depths to which the apartheid state was prepared to plunge to secure its minority interests International terrorism, trained assassins, illegal incursions into other countries, routine beatings and torture to obtain confessions all were on the menu And all committed not only with the knowledge of leading figures in the South African state, but also in states like Britain, the US and Israel.My only criticism of the book is that the reader is left a little unsure as to where to go next This is a political book without a political focus Terry Bell is clearly aware of the shortcomings of the ANC government When the apartheid state saw its only option as being a smooth transition from one form of economic exploitation to another form, it found its saviours in the higher ranks of the ANC Throughout the eighties both the ANC, and the National Party headed by De Klerk, were not too sure of their social base The growth in trade unionism presented a problem to both the ANC and the NP, as Terry shows In this situation only the armed sections of the state remained intact and indivisible Unless the state was dismantled, no government would be able to change the terms on which the majority of the population was oppressed The National Party enfranchised black South Africans in the sure knowledge that the ANC could do nothing to fundamentally alter power relations because that was the deal on offer.The TRC was intended as a bridge between the horrors of the past and a new multi racial future by forging a process whereby perpetrators of violence were given the opportunity of coming clean and applying for amnesty Yet the conflicting interests within the apartheid state were simply mirrored in the TRC s composition after the ANC s election victory Dumisa Ntsebeza s treatment as a TRC commissioner by the TRC itself when he was almost stitched up for an armed assault is illuminating Only the accidental death of a notorious state killer and handler of Dumisa s accuser resolved the issue The establishment of the TRC predicated that apartheid was a moral condition that could be absolved through confession, not a material need of a particularly vicious ruling elite intent on even higher levels of capital accumulation.Terry Bell points the reader in this direction again and again, at the same time showing not only the collaboration of the state machine in the violence but also the continuity of that same machine in present day South Africa, with the killers, torturers, and their collaborators still holding positions of trust and power But there is little analysis of the state as a political entity, and the means of challenging it Which is irritating.However, these criticisms should not deflect us from the importance of this book For academics wanting an in depth investigation into the apartheid era this book is a must More importantly, this book is for anyone wanting to participate in the wider political debate now taking place at an international level regarding the neo liberal market agenda being pursued by once radical parties like the ANC.


  4. says:

    If you think that post apartheid South Africa has buried the past and is moving toward a brighter future.think again This book confirms what I feared ever since the TRC was announced So many unanswered questionsso much unfinished business If you care anything at all about South Africa.read itread itread it.


  5. says:

    Unfinished Business is a discussion of the various issues and events of the Apartheid era in South Africa missed, underrepresented, or forgotten by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC It covers areas as far reaching as banishments, the infiltration of student and anti apartheid organizations, and the personal tribulations of one of the authors Dumisa Ntsebeza.My issues with this book are several fold Firstly, the writing style is dry, a bit repetitive, and lacks flow The book is slow and plodding at times, and has difficulty maintaining a logical and thematic focus within chapters In this, it is difficult to read, especially considering the author is supposed to be a journalist writer.The book also seems to have trouble in it is not sure where it wants to go It often mentions issues or events that it believes should have been covered at the TRC, but buries them amidst chapters on an entirely different topic To this end, the book feels to be a failure, as it never makes a compelling, and pressingly, cohesive argument on what exactly it feels the TRC should have covered that it did not and why This becomes a glaring oversight when once considers the TRC report is thousands of pages, and this book maxes out at about 300 To paint the Commission with such a uncomplimentary brush especially when one of the authors was involved with it seems unfair without considerable explanation Returning to the issue of focus, the reader eventually comes to understand that the authors feels the architects of apartheid should have been held to greater task, this is all well and good, but hardly a shocking conclusion One wonders what they hoped to accomplish here Certainly, the book has no legal ability to force this issue, but neither did the TRC, again asking what they expected the commission to do This is especially true when one actually reads the TRC report and realize that it hopes to primarily focus on the individual acts and trevails of the apartheid era as opposed to widespread condemnation of the system of apartheid and its leadership a process that had been well covered and indeed, without which the system would have never been overcome in the first place That the authors want to be done to the former leadership of the nation, their questions and exasperation should be aimed at the current ANC government, not a non judicial commission of inquiry with an already dizzying mandate to fulfill.More concerning is the lack of simple commitment to unbiased discussion of the unfinished business of the apartheid era The book covers the struggle against the system with the same uncomplicated good vs evil terms as the apartheid system painted their struggle against the resistance movements At best it casts significant doubt on the intellectual honesty of the book, and at worst enjoins the reader to invalidate much of the books content due to the avowed, but unspoken bias it carries Perhaps the most glaring moment of the book is when the authors indignantly discuss the humiliation and injustice heaped on Winnie Madikizela Mandela when she has been banished There is not even the most scant acknowledgement of her supposed involvement in the Mandela United Football Club allegations laid out by the TRC and which earned Ms Madikezela Mandela considerable condemnation from fellow TRC member Pumla Gobodo Madikizela The fact that there are no discussion or judgment passed of the trespasses of the ANC, APLA, or other resistance movements gives credence to those who would want to invalidate the entire content of the book To this end, the authors negate much of the weight that they attempt to give their text except to those predisposed to regard it as unqualified truth.Overall, this book is not a bad book The content is somewhat worthwhile and bears note The fact that the abuses by both sides have been covered in greater depth and with greater honestly in other texts, makes it difficult to recommend it on anything other than its price and availability.


  6. says:

    How come you had to tell me that Bob DylanREAD IT AND WEEP But You gotta have a bullet proof soul Shadea GO AHEADREAD IT You shall know the truthand the truth shall make you free Bible Then, let us do the right thingfinally REPARATIONS LANDWEALTH REDISTRIBUTION RESTORATIVE JUSTICE Let s not let the work of these two BRAVE WARRIORS be wasted for a moment Not one word Not one moment GO AHEAD READ IT And,thenWORK4AZANIAAZANIAThis is where we shall meet Some day Maybe one day sooner due to our attention to the Unfinished Business of South Africa and the world community envisioned by Bell and Ntzebeza.Meet me there Azaniaphile