TITLE

THE PARTY SYSTEM AND DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA

AUTHOR(S)
Mboya, Tom J.
PUB. DATE
July 1963
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jul1963, Vol. 41 Issue 4, p650
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the party system and democracy in Africa. At present there are political parties in countries which do not even have correctness of the thinking behind democracy. At present there are political parties in countries which do not even admit the correctness of the thinking behind democracy. South Africa also has parties which have been governing the country for over the years against the will of the majority of the people. No one can suggest South Africa enjoys anything like democracy. New states of Africa have hardly got out of the woods. In the days of struggle against a foreign nation or against a racial minority placed in power by a foreign nation, the minds of the people are preoccupied with their political troubles. They experience these troubles not as individuals but as a racial group, all of whom suffer the same disabilities and indignities. There are no exceptions made in favor of anyone. Therefore, when the victims of discrimination combine to form a single party, it tends to be based on race. Small moderate groups may be formed here and there, but they are of no consequence. The essential point is that all opposition to foreign rule or a mono-racial rule comes from what is to all intents and purposes a single political party. As the tempo of struggle against racial policies rises, this political party becomes better organized and more widely based. In time, it becomes the mouthpiece of an oppressed nation, a possible successor to the alien government.
ACCESSION #
14718259

 

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