Legacies and meanings of the United Democratic Front (UDF) period for contemporary South Africa

United Democratic Front
United Democratic Front

This essay by Raymond Suttner, former UDF militant and political prisoner, examines the politics of the UDF.

Submitted by red jack on December 4, 2016

The 1980s introduced modes of practising politics that had never previously been seen in South Africa, that may well condition people’s expectations today. Here, one thinks of notions such as ‘popular democracy’, ‘people’s power’, ‘self-empowerment’, ‘the masses driving the process’, ‘democracy from below’, ‘and creativity of the masses’.