Centre for Civil Society based within School of Built Environment and Development Studies invites you to: The Communists after Communism – The South African Communist Party during National Democracy 1990-2017

Speaker: Professor Tom Lodge

Date: Friday 24 March 2017

Time: 13h00 – 14h00

Venue: CCC Seminar Room A726, Level 7, Shepstone, Howard College, UKZN

This paper focuses on the SACP during the early days of South Africa’s transition when it moved from being a vanguardist organisation into a more open formation.  In particular it addresses three considerations: changes in the party’s membership and social location, shifts and continuities in its programmatic predisposition and the extent and quality of its contribution to the ANC’s and the government’s leadership.  The paper considers the degree to which the modern party’s activities and its contribution to broader political life are still shaped by its past as an orthodox Marxist-Leninist party.  In the evidence of this legacy do we still find an on-the-ground endurance of an egalitarian ideology and a continuing attachment to unrealised and now officially discounted utopias?    

Speaker Bio:
Tom Lodge is Dean in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick and formerly Head and Professor in the Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand. He is widely published in the area of South African politics including: 2011 Sharpeville: An Apartheid Massacre and its Consequences, Oxford University Press; 2006 Mandela: A Critical Life, Oxford University Press; 2002 Politics in South Africa From Mandela to Mbeki, James Currey; 1999, Consolidating Democracy: South Africa’s Second Popular Election, University of Witwatersrand, Press and 1983  Black Politics in South Africa since 1945, Longman and Ravan. Tom Lodge is currently Honorary Professor in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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