Perspectives on the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa

dc.contributor.authorSaunders, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-25T06:30:02Z
dc.date.available2016-08-25T06:30:02Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.date.updated2015-12-24T08:39:38Z
dc.description.abstractThe 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we know that its pillars – the Population Registration Act, Group Areas Act and Land Act prime among them – were repealed in the early 1990s, and in 1994 political apartheid was ended with the introduction of a constitution providing for one person one vote and that all citizens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.identifierhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02582470409464834
dc.identifier.apacitationSaunders, C. (2004). Perspectives on the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa. <i>South African Historical Journal</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21524en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationSaunders, Christopher "Perspectives on the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa." <i>South African Historical Journal</i> (2004) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21524en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationSaunders, C. (2004). Perspective on the Transition from Apartheid to Democracy in South Africa. South African Historical Journal, 51(1), 159-166.
dc.identifier.issn0258-2473
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Saunders, Christopher AB - 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. DA - 2004 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - South African Historical Journal LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2004 SM - 0258-2473 T1 - Perspectives on the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa TI - Perspectives on the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21524 ER - en_ZA
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dc.identifier.vancouvercitationSaunders C. Perspectives on the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa. South African Historical Journal. 2004; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21524.en_ZA
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dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Historical Studiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanitiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.sourceSouth African Historical Journal
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