The African National Congress at 100

As South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, celebrates its 100th anniversary this week, is it an exception to the rule that African liberation movements don't do democracy? Or will it fall into the same tunnel of darkness as the others?

UN Photo: Eskinder Debebe
South African President Jacob Zuma at the UN in September 2011.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Tuesday, 01/10/2012 12:00 am EST
Last Updated: Thursday, 12/05/2013 8:53 pm EST

“It’s a bittersweet victory,” said William Gumede, a distinguished South African academic, about the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress, which opened with a enormous party in Bloemfontein on Sunday. “This is our tipping point. From here things will go downhill. No liberation movement has moved upwards from this point.”

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