Limpopo’s Legacy

Student politics and democracy in South Africa
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  • Publication Date: March 2019
  • Dimensions and Pages: 234 x 156mm; 270pp
  • Paperback EAN: 978-1-77614-325-2
  • Rights: South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Swaziland
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): R350.00

An outstanding, detailed history of student politics in Turfloop & Limpopo Province from 1960 to date. … a must for History, Political Studies, and Sociology courses.
Keith Gottschalk, University of the Western Cape

A substantial contribution. … This is an elegant and incisive study of youth and student politics which deepens understanding of the phenomenon as a whole, and is highly original in its emphasis upon the importance of regional and local experiences within the national narrative.
Colin Bundy, University Of Oxford

An important contribution to the study of student movements globally … a useful background to the emergence of youth leaders who left and continue to leave an imprint on South African politics.
Bahru Zewde, Addis Ababa University

In 2015 and 2016 waves of student protest swept across South African campuses under the banner of FeesMustFall. This book offers a historical perspective, 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 organisations in the Northern Transvaal (today Limpopo Province) and the ways in which students and youth influenced political change on a national scale, over generations. The University of the North at Turfloop played an integral role in building the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) in the late 1960s and propagating Black Consciousness in the 1970s; in the 1980s it became an ideological battleground where Black Consciousness advocates and ANC-affiliates competed for influence. Limpopo has remained a hotbed of political activism in the country. Generations of nationally prominent student and youth activists became politically conscientised here – among them Julius Malema, Onkgopotse Tiro, Cyril Ramaphosa, Frank Chikane and Peter Mokaba. Turfloop (University of Limpopo) has remained politically significant in the post-apartheid era: it was here in 2007 that Julius Malema supported Jacob Zuma’s ascension to the South African presidency during the ANC’s pivotal party conference that resulted in the ousting of Thabo Mbeki.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Map of the north-eastern Bantustans showing the location of Limpopo
Introduction

Chapter 1 Turfloop, Crucible of Change
Chapter 2 Centre of the Storm
Chapter 3 Africanization: The New Face of Turfloop
Chapter 4 Black Consciousness in Decline
Chapter 5 Congresses and Comrades
Chapter 6 Populism and the New Youth League
Chapter 7 Julius Malema and Youth Politics in the New Limpopo

Epilogue: Legacies of Limpopo
Bibliography
Index

Anne K. Heffernan is Assistant Professor in the History of Southern Africa at Durham
University, United Kingdom and Research Associate of the History Workshop,
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

An outstanding, detailed history of student politics in Turfloop & Limpopo Province from 1960 to date. … a must for History, Political Studies, and Sociology courses.
Keith Gottschalk, University of the Western Cape

A substantial contribution. … This is an elegant and incisive study of youth and student politics which deepens understanding of the phenomenon as a whole, and is highly original in its emphasis upon the importance of regional and local experiences within the national narrative.
Colin Bundy, University Of Oxford

An important contribution to the study of student movements globally … a useful background to the emergence of youth leaders who left and continue to leave an imprint on South African politics.
Bahru Zewde, Addis Ababa University

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