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Title:From 'struggle' to 'post-revolutionary' politics: the National Party, the African National Congress, and the 'great rapprochement'
Author:Furlong, Patrick J.ISNI
Periodical:New contree: a journal of historical and human sciences for Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:African National Congress (South Africa)
National Party
national liberation movements
Abstract:South Africa's long-ruling National Party and its long-time foe and successor, the African National Congress, seem unlikely subjects for comparison. This essay explores some possible parallels between the two parties. The idea for this was first prompted by the extraordinary rapprochement between the ANC and the revamped 'New' NP (renamed NNP in 1998), most of its leadership having been absorbed by the ANC after successive election defeats in 1999 and 2004. The salience of that development seemed only to be underlined in May 2009 following the next election. Were these movements really such opposites after all, or are the continuities between Afrikaner and African nationalism far greater than the discontinuities? After all, both long presented themselves not as ordinary political parties but as 'national' (NP: white Afrikaner; ANC: African) liberation movements, and both were ambivalent about large-scale capitalism. Once in power, both adjusted to a more pragmatic politics, sought a more diverse base, and accommodated, albeit with some internal dissent, the dictates of global capitalism. Notes, ref., sum. in Afrikaans. [ASC Leiden abstract]