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Title:'Walking the Political Tightrope': Zionist Responses to a Climate of Violence
Author:Mohr, Matthias
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:African Independent Churches
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Abstract:There is no clear evidence in the relevant literature of Zionists taking an active part in politics in South Africa. Based on fieldwork in the Zulu township of KwaMashu (Durban) in 1990-1991, the author discusses the question of whether Zionists will be able to maintain their neutrality in the 'new South Africa'. He concludes that the increasing pressure evoked by a climate of violence and political insinuation leaves most Zionists feeling frightened and insecure. However, answers to the circumstances of life are still sought within the boundaries of the church community and rather than politics, it is the prosperity, survival and expansion of their church that seems to motivate many Zionists. At the same time, political movements are sure to put pressure on Zionists and it is mainly they who drive the Zionists to 'walk the political tightrope'. Ref.