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Vol. 17, December 2015 Between Crisis and Renewal: Where To for South Africa’s Left?
 
By Vishwas Satgar
 
This article maps the ecology of left politics in post apartheid South Africa to clarify orientations, trajectories and limits. Anchoring this survey is a particular focus on the Democratic Left Front (DLF). The DLF emerged as part of the second cycle of resistance and provided a space for progressive social forces and the left to find convergence around a platform of alternatives, grass roots solidarity and a new anti-capitalist imagination. A critical analysis is provided of left politics in general with a specific assessment of a renewed left forged within the Democratic Left Front, its challenges and prospects to be an alternative in post-apartheid South Africa.

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