Rural Resistance in South Africa: The Mpondo Revolts after Fifty Years
Much has been written about anti-apartheid resistance and its violent repression by security forces in urban areas, such as the Sharpeville massacre and the Soweto riots. But very little attention has been paid to resistance by rural people. The Mpondo Revolts, which began in the 1950s and reached a climax in 1960, rank among the most significant rural resistances in South Africa. The revolts were fought by Mpondo villagers who emphatically rejected the introduction of Bantu Authorities and rural land use planning that would mean the loss of their land.
This volume presents a fresh understanding of the uprising, as well as its meaning and significance today, particularly relating to land, rural governance, party politics and the agency of the marginalised.