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arguewithatree  ·  377 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mzansi by natives 1: Somewhere to start

Good stuff! I'm interested in statebuilding so this is interesting to read. Where can one find the deeper legal precedents for the Freedom Charter?

DWol  ·  377 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm not 100% sure what you mean. Do you mean the legal situation that led to the Charter being written in opposition to the laws of the time, or more around the process of its drafting?

arguewithatree  ·  377 days ago  ·  link  ·  

More like subsequent cases that uphold the charter. Or is it more philosophical than literal?

DWol  ·  377 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Definitely more philosophical. It was constituted following a national canvassing of demands from the townships and homelands. So it was like the consolidated voice of a large percentage of the oppressed.

At the time, non-whites had incredibly limited political representation and so it was a major act of defiance to demand the things set out there. In fact the huge meeting where it was proclaimed was broken up by the police on the second day. A few years later the organisations involved would be banned.

Ever since it served as the foundation of the struggle (for most) in the sense that it showed what was required, culminating on its influence on the Constitution.