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The new political thought in Africa – Indigenization

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To “indigenize” means to force local cultures to adopt another. Most changes in original culture occur when western corporations impose their products on other economies i.e. Westernization

In world politics, Indigenization is the process in which non-Western cultures redefine their belief systems and impose their religions, culture and take ownership of  native land.

Due to imperialism and the impetus to modernize, many countries have invoked Western values of self-determination, liberalism, democracy and independence in the past.

(Above: The War In Afghanistan is part of the bigger struggle of culture vs culture)

But now that they are experiencing their own share of economic prosperity, technological sophistication, military power and political cohesion, they desire to revert to their ancestral cultures and religious beliefs.

Since the 1980s and the 1990s, there has been a resurgence of Islam and “re-Islamization” in Muslim societies as one example. This has resulted in the chaos and invasions one sees in the Middle East at present.

(Above: Julius Malema is an adherent of the new political thought – indigenization- in Southern Africa)

And what we are seeing in South Africa is Julius Malema, the president of the ANC Youth League preaching indigenization and gathering support from  and supporting the brothers in Southern Africa who believe the same philosophy.  He is going to Zimbabwe to study nationalization and Malema has picked the right country to start his studies.

Zimbabwe has an Indigenization Minister and The Indigenization and Empowerment Bill was passed by Parliament in 2007 and signed by Robert Mugabe in 2008. The bill demands that all foreign and locally owned companies hand over at least 51 percent ownership to black Zimbabweans. Mugabe has insisted the the economy must be taken out of the hands of white corporations and others and that  the the Bill will be enforced.

(Above: Robert Mugabe’s election poster says it all. The Indigenization and Empowerment Bill was passed into law in March 2010.)

Will Julius Malema become South Africa’s first Minister of Indigenization? Malema seems to heading on a collision course with South African President Jacob Zuma despite being part of the cartel that propelled Zuma to the presidency. Tim will tell……….

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  1. [...] vakbondfederasie COSATU, deur middel van ‘n goed georkestreerde proses van verafrikanisering of ‘indigenization’  alle fasette van Afrikaners se bestaan, insluitend die regbank. Die betrokke kabinetsminister, [...]


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