SUMMARY: Anti-colonial movements secured political power as governments in countries of Southern Africa. Populist discourses, which reinforce the patriotic history and heroic narratives of a ‘big men’ syndrome, are part of their political culture retaining continued legitimacy, not least in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, where national sovereignty was the result of a negotiated transfer of political power. This briefing presents a critical assessment of such populism as an integral part of the repertoire of former liberation movements as governments.
Melber, H. (2018). Populism in Southern Africa under liberation movements as governments. Review of African Political Economy, 45(158), 678–686. https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2018.1500360