Carleton Hosts Major African Studies Conference on March 1-2


By Tyrone Burke

When tanks rolled through Harare in November 2017, Zimbabwe’s generals insisted it wasn’t a coup. But it sure looked like one. After 37 years in power, Robert Mugabe – once a revolutionary who liberated Zimbabwe from white minority rule – was ousted.

Then in February, South African President Jacob Zuma was forced from office. Did it herald a transformative moment in southern African politics?

Maybe. With change, there is optimism, but it isn’t always warranted. In Africa, the removal of one dictator often hasn’t meant the end of tyranny, but its reiteration in another’s name.

“The ‘`new old man’’ the coup ushered in as Zimbabwe’s president – Emmerson Mnangagwa — is 75 years old,” says Blair Rutherford, a Carleton professor of Sociology and…

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