Henning Melber (PhD) is also Senior Research Associate, The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala; Senior Research Fellow, The Institute for Commonwealth Studies/School for Advanced Study, University of London; Professor Extraordinary, Centre for Africa Studies/University of the Free State, Bloemfontein; and a Director emeritus/Senior Advisor of The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala/Sweden. He is the van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Professor for Sociology and Political Sciences at the University of Cape Town in October/November 2017. Co-editor: Africa Yearbook/Managing co-editor: Africa Spectrum/Editor-in-chief: Strategic Review for Southern Africa
The boom of the middle class debate is therefore a remarkable symptom of our decade
Beyond the surface of the success story looms a different reality for most of the country’s 2.3-million people
Liberation movements in southern Africa came to power with promises to deliver a better future for people. But once in power they failed to deliver
SA also betrays its own history. After all, the global community once took a firm stand that the apartheid regime was a crime against humanity.
Deconstructing the fashionable discourse that a middle class will cure all region's ills is necessary to understand long-term growth trajectory.
As a new elite liberators often mimicked the lifestyles of those they replaced. Since the French Revolution, new regimes have often resembled old ones