South Africa In Focus

Andrew Feinstein was elected an ANC member of parliament in South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. He resigned in 2001 in protest at the ANC government’s refusal to allow an unfettered investigation into a £5bn arms deal that was tainted by allegations of high-level corruption. Feinstein lives in London, where he chairs the Aids charity Friends of the Treatment Action Campaign, and lectures and writes on South Africa. He is a co-director of the anti-corruption organisation, Corruption Watch. This podcast was produced at the time of the South Africa World Cup and I talked to Andrew about the social and political history of South Africa and how this has shaped the country which was the focus of such enormous international attention during the tournament.

South Africa In Focus

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  1. Very interesting. It’s an accessible description in a nutshell of post-apartheid South Africa.

    To most non-South Africans, the Football World Cup also shed light on another symbol of post-apartheid South Africa- the national anthem.

    Sport was identified as a major catalyst with potential to enable racial harmony and upliftment of blacks. In cricket, quotas were introduced in the national cricket team. Needless to say, the quotas did not meet universal approval.

    I think a comparative study of the ANC and the INC (Indian National Congress) would make for a fascinating study. From 1947 (independence) to 1977, the INC remained the party in power, winning every general election against a fragmented opposition for the same reasons as stated by Feinstein here.

  2. Oops, forgot to add:

    There are further similarities between India and South Africa:
    – the yawning gap between rich and poor
    – sporting extravaganzas and other displays of soft power
    – massive regional and growing international influence (I believe BRIC has been expanded to BRICS to accommodate SA now?)

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