The South African land question in light of Nelson Mandela’s political thought

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dc.contributor.author Cordeiro-Rodrigues, Luis
dc.contributor.author Chimakonam, Jonathan O.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-21T05:14:08Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.description.abstract Land redistribution in post-apartheid South Africa is a problem that has caused division and violence in the country. Particularly, the dispossession of land suffered by many Africans in South Africa and the failure of land redistribution programmes has led to a variety of protests. In this article, we analyse whether, in light of Nelson Mandela’s thought, these protests are morally justified. The point is not to contend that Mandela’s thought is correct. Instead, it is to understand what the implications of Mandela’s ideas are for the land question in South Africa today. According to Mandela’s political thought, we maintain that some forms of protest could be morally justified even if they involve property violation and symbolic destruction. However, excessively violent and radical protests would not be considered legitimate. The more violent and radical protests violate Mandela’s principles of a gradual increase of violence and of preserving future-friendly race relations. In contrast, some of the property violation and symbolic destruction protests do not disregard these principles. en_ZA
dc.description.department Philosophy en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2022-02-21
dc.description.librarian hj2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cast20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Luis Cordeiro-Rodrigues & Jonathan O Chimakonam (2020) The South African land question in light of Nelson Mandela’s political thought, African Studies, 79:2, 250-265, DOI:10.1080/00020184.2020.1806037. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0002-0184 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1469-2872 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/00020184.2020.1806037
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/76556
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group, on behalf of the University of Witwatersrand. This is an electronic version of an article published in African Studies, vol. 79, no. 2, pp. 250-265, 2020. doi : 10.1080/00020184.2020.1806037. African Studies is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.comloi/cast20. en_ZA
dc.subject Nelson Mandela en_ZA
dc.subject Land redistribution programmes en_ZA
dc.subject Civil disobedience en_ZA
dc.subject Political thought en_ZA
dc.subject South African land dispossession en_ZA
dc.title The South African land question in light of Nelson Mandela’s political thought en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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