Neville Alexander on the "Politics of Truth": Making Sense of the ANC as Ruling Party

29 Aug 2012

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Many South Africans, particularly those on the left, are mourning the death of leading Marxist intellectual and activist, Neville Alexander. Alexander died on Monday, 27 August 2012, aged 75. In one of his last public addresses at a Steve Biko Seminar in September 2011, Alexander spoke about the "Politics of Truth". His remarks about the ANC are extremely pertinent today in the aftermath of the Marikana massacre. He said, “The ANC is locked into a paradigm of rule that is determined by neo-liberal economic orthodoxy.”

Alexander went on further to say, “That paradigm of rule is informed largely by the need for foreign direct investment and the maximization of exports and because the ANC, as ruling party, is locked into that paradigm of rule…no matter who says what, that's what counts. The strategic positions are held by international and national capital in this country. There's no question about it.”

Read more about Neville Alexander in this Wikipedia entry and on the South African History Online website.

You can find this page online at http://sacsis.org.za/site/article/1408.

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