Perspectives on the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa


Show simple item record Saunders, Christopher 2016-08-25T06:30:02Z 2016-08-25T06:30:02Z 2004
dc.identifier.citation Saunders, C. (2004). Perspective on the Transition from Apartheid to Democracy in South Africa. South African Historical Journal, 51(1), 159-166.
dc.identifier.issn 0258-2473
dc.description.abstract The now substantial literature on the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa defines ‘transition’ in different ways. In the third edition of his History of South Africa (2001), Leonard Thompson devoted a chapter to the political transition that took place between 1989 and 1994.1 Rodney Davenport wrote in similar vein in lectures published in Canada as The Birth of the New South Africa and in South Africa as The Transfer of Power in South Africa. 2 Both historians implied that the fundamentals of the apartheid order were still in place in 1989, and that the apartheid order could have continued for some time, for the state was not on its knees and the security forces stood firmly behind it. Instead of apartheid continuing, however, we know that its pillars – the Population Registration Act, Group Areas Act and Land Act prime among them – were repealed in the early 1990s, and in 1994 political apartheid was ended with the introduction of a constitution providing for one person one vote and that all citizens were equal before the law. So within the remarkably short period of five years, in this interpretation, a transition took place from an apartheid order to a formally democratic one, with a new government taking office after the first democratic election in April 1994.
dc.source South African Historical Journal
dc.title Perspectives on the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa
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dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Historical Studies en_ZA
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