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Title:Standpoints on 'black-on-black' v.s 'third force' violence during South Africa's transitional negotiations (1990-1994)
Authors:Thotse, M.L.
Grobler, J.E.H.
Year:2003
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Volume:48
Issue:2
Pages:143-160
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:press
violence
political change
national liberation movements
peace negotiations
interest groups
Abstract:During the period 1990-1994, violence engulfed parts of South Africa. Given the political liberalization in process during this period, new explanations were needed to understand the violence. This paper examines the role played by the media (particularly the press, viz. 'New Nation', 'Weekly Mail' and 'Vrye Weekblad' in South Africa and 'The Guardian' in England, working in accord with the 'Weekly Mail') and several South African and international organizations in propagating their own ideological standpoints while violence continued unabated, despite efforts towards peace. It particularly examines two standpoints: 1) political rivalries intertwined with ethnic rivalries between the ANC/Xhosas on the one hand, and Inkatha/Zulus on the other, creating the perception of black-on-black violence; and, as opposed to this view: 2) the government was actively promoting the violence by means of a 'third force' with a view to destabilizing and weakening the ANC during the period of negotiations. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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