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In this review of R.W. Johnson’s latest book on South Africa, Fighting for the Dream, David Seddon commends an analysis that criticises the ANC as having learned little or nothing from the experience of African nationalism elsewhere on the continent. Although Johnson adopts an approach that explicitly draws on the Marxist tradition, Seddon argues that the ‘top-down’ perspective he adopts does not allow him to see the ordinary people of South Africa as actors and agents in contemporary politics. ...

In a far-reaching analysis of the struggles taking place in South Africa, Jonathan Grossman writes that the student mobilisations have directly challenged the myth of the rainbow nation. Grossman also challenges a narrative that says students did for workers what workers could not do for themselves, in fact there is a deep solidarity between workers and students and this is the real spirit of Marikana....

In the third installment of our series Radical Agendas in South Africa, Eddie Webster asks if left activists in the labour movement have the political imagination and energy to take advantage of the new terrain that has opened in recent years. What is clear, he writes, is that the old labour order is no longer sustainable ...