The Freedom Charter and the Theory of National Democratic Revolution
Last year, 1985, the 30th anniversary of the Freedom Charter,
saw an impressive regrouping, through the United Democratic
Front, of political forces which identify with the Congress
Alliance of the 1950s and with the Freedom Charter itself to
which this movement gave birth. It seems appropriate then, at
this juncture, to examine some of the ways in which the Charter
has been interpreted.
One very influential interpretation of the Freedom Charter,
based on the view that South Africa is a colonial society 'of a
special type', identifies it as calling for the establishment of
a 'national democracy' in South Africa.