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Minorities in Postcolonial Transitions: The Ndebele in Zimbabwe

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Moyo, Khanyisela (2011) Minorities in Postcolonial Transitions: The Ndebele in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Legal Studies, 4 . pp. 149-185. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This article argues that there is a legal and political basis for attending to concerns of ethnic minorities inpostcolonial transitions. If left unattended, this issue may prompt members of minority groups to resortto preservative measures, including violence to the detriment of the security which is a fundamentalobjective of the transition. This reaction is often generated by an axiomatic fear of assimilation. The caseof the Ndebele of Zimbabwe illustrates this. The article’s position is confirmed by post-colonial statepractice that implements minority rights and accords affected groups a right to self-determination orautonomy in tandem with liberal democratic reforms.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:minority rights; postcolonial transitions; self-determination; autonomy; the Ndebele; democracy 1.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
ID Code:19992
Deposited By:Dr Khanyisela Moyo
Deposited On:19 Sep 2011 13:44
Last Modified:19 Sep 2011 13:44

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