The End of South Africa? Contemporary South Africa and the Politics of Self-Determination

Miloš Hrnjaz, Janja Simentić Popović, Mina Radončić, Goran Sandić

We are pleased to present our latest report “The End of South Africa? Contemporary South Africa and the Politics of Self-Determination”, published in collaboration with the Belgrade International Law Circle. This study explores the complex dynamics surrounding self-determination in the South African political landscape.

The report examines the historical development and contemporary implications of self-determination as a concept. It begins by explaining the evolution of self-determination and its recognition as a right in international law. The theoretical underpinnings are examined, highlighting the relationship between self-determination and the formation of modern states. In the context of South Africa, the study examines how the principles of self-determination have intersected with nation-building efforts.

The report then delves into the apartheid era in South Africa, examining the complexities of self-determination in the midst of an oppressive regime. Various groups inside and outside the country used the discourse of self-determination to advance their political agendas. The chapter offers insights into the dynamics and challenges associated with self-determination during this tumultuous period.

It also examines the lessons learned from the internal and external dimensions of self-determination and their relevance to modern South Africa. It analyses the extent to which self-determination has influenced nation-building processes and examines the ways in which different groups have embraced or rejected the concept. The implications for the future of South Africa are critically examined.

As the country grapples with growing political instability, understanding the nuances of self-determination becomes increasingly relevant. The report raises thought-provoking questions about the role of self-determination in contemporary South Africa. It explores whether the concept is a relic of the past or a potential catalyst for nation-building.

We invite you to download the full report. At the New South Institute, we remain committed to promoting critical research and facilitating dialogues that contribute to a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the African continent. We encourage policymakers, scholars and all those interested in South Africa’s political landscape to explore this report and engage with the complex issues it raises.

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