South Africa’s Corporatised Liberation

A Critical Analysis of the ANC in Power

By Dale T. McKinley  

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Despite the more general social, political and economic advances that have been made under the ANC’s rule since 1994, power has not only remained in the hands of a small minority but has increasingly been exercised in service to capital. This has seen the ANC become the key political vehicle, in party and state form as well as application, of corporate capital; both domestic and international, black and white, local and national and constitutive of a range of different fractions. As a result, ‘transformation’ has largely taken the form of macro-acceptance of, combined with micro-incorporation into, the capitalist system, now minus its specific and formal apartheid frame. What has happened in South Africa over the last twenty-two years is the corporatisation of liberation; the generalised political and economic commodification of society and its development; with all the attendant impacts on governance, the exercise of power, the understanding and practice of democracy as well as political, economic and social relations.

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Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction: The Corporatised Journey
  • Getting in the House: Paths to Power
  • Laying Down the House Rules: The Corporatisation of Economic and Political Power
  • Dividing and Ruling the House: Governance, Services, Corruption and Inequality
  • Guarding the House: Democracy, Popular Power, Opposition and Dissent
  • What Kind of House Has the ANC Built?
  • Conclusion: Moving Beyond the ANC and the Corporatised Frame
  • Endnotes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Authors

  • Dale T. McKinley

    Dale T. McKinley is an independent writer, researcher and lecturer based in Johannesburg, with a PhD in International Political Economy/African Studies. The author of four books, he has written widely on various aspects of South African and international political, social and economic issues and struggles.