Date of Award

7-1-1992

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Department of Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Hashim Gibrill

Abstract

This study represents an attempt to examine the obstacles related to the failing of armed struggle in South Africa. To do this, the writer presents the historical development of African political consciousness and resistance. Further, the writer examines the activities of the liberation movements inside and outside the country. The study established that several factors are responsible for hindering that struggle. These factors include: (1) the attitude of the African leadership to armed struggle, (2) lack of cohesiveness between the liberation movements, (3) counter-insurgency measures by the South African government, (4) attitude of the Organization of African Unity and the Frontline States and (5) failure of the movements to establish base areas inside South Africa.

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