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Author Mchunu, Mxolisi R.

Title Violence and Solace : The Natal Civil War in Late-Apartheid South Africa / Mxolisi R. Mchunu
Published Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2021
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Description 1 online resource
Series Reconsiderations in Southern African history
Reconsiderations in southern African history.
Contents Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Foreword to the US edition by Benedict Carton -- Foreword by Father Michael Lapsley -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1 An Autobiographical Narrative -- 2 Reasoned Arguments -- 3 The Historical Roots of the Violence -- 4 The Ringleaders -- 5 A Turning Point -- 6 The Effects of National Politics on KwaShange -- 7 Signs of Coming Bloodshed -- 8 Ritual Murder and Muthi -- 9 The Aftermath and Ritual Cleansing -- 10 Remembering the Violence -- Conclusion -- Select Bibliography -- Index
Summary The Natal Midlands was ravaged by conflict in the 1980s and 1990s between supporters of the United Democratic Front and Inkatha. The violence left thousands of people dead, injured, homeless and emotionally wounded. This book provides a historical study of the origins, causes and nature of political violence in the rural community of KwaShange in the Vulindlela district. This was one of the areas most affected by the political violence in the Natal Midlands, but it has been the subject of only patchy and partial investigation. Mxolisi Mchunu threads individual and local factors with regional and national forces and, through a local study, explains to great effect the political violence that rocked parts of Natal in that period. The account offers the testimony of survivors and the effect of the violence on community members in the ensuing years. One central contention is that the influence of the violence was transmitted across generations and sexes, through whole families and communities. Mchunu tells a story of ordinary people caught up in the cycle of revenge and despair in the killing fields of the Natal Midlands
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 23, 2021)
Subject Inkatha Freedom Party.
United Democratic Front (South Africa)
SUBJECT Inkatha Freedom Party. fast
United Democratic Front (South Africa) fast
Subject Apartheid.
Political violence -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal Midlands
Political violence -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal
Political violence.
Politics and government.
SUBJECT KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) -- History.
KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) -- Politics and government -- 1910-
Subject South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813946379