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From 50 Years Ago: Apartheid and Poverty.

Special Article-Extracts from Vol XII, Nos 23, 24 and 25, June 1960.

THE year 1960 will go down in history as the turning point in the struggle for human liberation on the African continent. Already in the first months, the awakening of this ‘dark’ continent has been accompanied by great so-cial and political movements heralding the advent of significant historical changes not only in African political relationships but also in the political equilibrium of the world. ...the principal aim of African nationalism in South Africa is the ending of apartheid to attain some system of political integration, in which the exploitive poverty wage system will find no place. In essence, then, apartheid, is a combina-tion of class oppression in which the legal structure is employed to perpetuate poverty wages, and colonialism, in which the Africans as a national group are oppressed. The events of the past three months have clearly shown that apartheid carries with it an ever-deepening crisis and that the South African rulers are as rigid as ever in maintaining intact their power to pursue this repulsive doctrine. Unless the vast weight of outside opinion in some way deflects those in authority in South Africa, the disastrous policy of apartheid will end in the most savage violence and bloodshed. May be, to those who depend on African labour and the re-gime of poverty wages, even a prospect like this is not too much to live with, if the alternative is to surrender so profitable a system as apartheid.

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