Forschungsarbeit: Bundesregierung, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung und Inkatha 1985–94

Bundesregierung, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung und Inkatha 1985–94

Entwicklungshilfe oder Verfolgung strategischer Interessen?

Schriften zur internationalen Politik, volume 53

Hamburg , 100 pages

ISBN 978-3-8300-9294-0 (print)
ISBN 978-3-339-09294-6 (eBook)

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In the year 1975, M. G. Buthelezi revived Inkatha, which conservative European and US-American politicians as well as the South African economy believed to be a beacon of hope during the following years. To some Europeans, Inkatha was a chance to achieve peaceful, democratic change in South Africa. At the same time, Inkatha was accused of collaborating with the apartheid regime, undermining the opposition to apartheid, being undemocratic and virtually fuelling a civil war between their supporters and the African National Congress’ supporters to strengthen and broaden their own power basis. Inkatha, at first officially a cultural association and later on a political party, was the most important partner in development corporation between the German Federal Republic and South Africa during the 1980s and 1990s. This thesis portrays the conflict in evaluating Inkatha in South Africa and the German Federal Republic. It works out which positions and points of criticism were publically known in the German Federal Republic by conducting a discourse analysis of German daily and weekly newspapers. On this background this thesis analyses to which extent, how and why the controversial Inkatha was sponsored with German tax money via the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. To achieve this, the self-display of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung concerning development corporation and its dealing with criticism will also be examined. The last pursued question is whether other motives might have motivated the cooperation – for example strengthening Inkatha as an antithesis to the African National Congress and safeguarding existing economic structures.

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