Conflict and Negotiation The Bophuthatswana Crisis of 1994 Research Paper

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Conflict & Negotiation

The Bophuthatswana crisis of 1994

The Bophuthatswana crisis of 1994 entailed a devastating political crisis which started when the Bophuthatswana president, Lucas Mangope, made an attempt at crushing the widespread demonstrations and labor unrest from the people of South Africa as they demanded incorporation of the Bophuthatswana territory into the South African region pending the first multiracial election in 1994 (Holomisa, 2011; Lawrence & Manson1, 1994). Lucas Mangope was a Bantustan (Lentz, 2014). The crisis provoked violent protests after President Mangope made an announcement in 7th March 1994 to the effect that Bophuthatswana was intending to boycott the general elections in South Africa (Appiah & Gates, 2010). The violence quickly escalated into mutiny from local based armed forces and striking of civil servants. The crisis was further complicated when the right-wing extremists arrived with an intention to push for the preservation of Manope’s Bophuthatswana government (Cawthra, 1997).

The confrontations lasted close to 4 days before Mangope succumbed to the pressure and consented to allowing the people of Bophuthatswana to participate in the forthcoming elections (Marina, 1993). A few moments afterwards Mangope reversed that decision. The defense force of South Africa responded to the sudden change of heart by deposing Mangope and taking over control of Bophuthatswana in 12 March 1994. This crisis in Bophuthatswana confirmed that the government of Mangope was unpopular and the fall of Bantustan system of government for most of the residents (Cawthra, 1997). The Bophuthatswana crisis is often remembered for the memorable shooting of 3 AWB (Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging) militants live on television. The shooting demoralized the AWB movement whose primary intention was to preserve the minority rule of the whites. The shooting of the AWB was done by a black South African police officer (Wood, 2007).

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At the height of racial conflict and negotiations for South African liberation Lucas Mangope was obsessed about maintaining control of the Bophuthatswana region.

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His adamant determination to ignore the bigger picture of a united front against white minority rule led him to unite forces with the right-wing extremists in the quest to keep Bophuthatswana out of the 1994 multiracial elections. During his rule, Lucas Mangope deprived Bophuthatswana of political freedom and those who opposed the state were banished, subjected to extrajudicial…

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