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Author Heffernan, Anne, 1984- author

Title Limpopo's legacy : student politics & democracy in South Africa / Anne Heffernan
Published Oxford : James Currey, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations (black and white)
Summary In 2015 and 2016 waves of student protest swept South African campuses under the banner of FeesMustFall. This book brings an historical perspective to the recent risings by analysing regional influences on the ideologies that have underpinned South African student politics from the 1960s to the present. The author considers the history of student organization in the Northern Transvaal (today Limpopo Province) and the ways in which students and youth in this relatively isolated area in the north of South Africa have influenced political change on a national scale, over generations. Organized around the stories of several key political actors, the book introduces the reader to critical spaces of political mobilization in the region. Among the most prominent is the University of the North at Turfloop, which played an integral role in building the South African Students' Organisation (SASO) in the late 1960s and propagating Black Consciousness in the 1970s. It became an ideological battleground where Black Consciousness advocates and ANC-affiliates competed for influence in the 1980s. Turfloop has remained politically significant in the post-apartheid era: it was here in 2007 that Julius Malema stumped for Jacob Zuma's ascension to the presidency during the ANC's pivotal party conference that resulted in the ousting of Thabo Mbeki. The final two chapters address Malema's political ascension in regional branches of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and the ANC Youth League
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Subject Protest movements -- South Africa -- History.
Students -- Political activity -- South Africa -- Limpopo -- History.
Youth -- Political activity -- South Africa -- Limpopo -- History.
Limpopo (South Africa) -- Politics and government.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1787444287 (electronic bk.)
9781787444287 (electronic bk.)