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Title:Class Conflict and the National Party Split
Author:Charney, Craig
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
class struggle
National Party
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/2636875
Abstract:While the split in South Africa's ruling National Party (NP) was precipitated by disagreements between verligtes and verkramptes over responses to the political and economic crises facing the South African state, its roots lay in a process of class realignment. While the class character of the NP now encourages a degree of economic liberalisation, it still seems to rule out political liberalisation. Although the Afrikaner bourgeoisie shares the interest of English-speaking capitalists in the efficient employment of black labour, it is still too dependent upon state power and patronage to accept genuine power-sharing or majority rule. To justify these claims, this article first examines the class character of the National Party split, and then the struggles which followed it. The conclusion explains why the party's new class base still imposes narrow limits to reform. Notes, tab.