IS SHIKOTA A REBEL MILITIA GROUP?
Nyiko Floyd Shivambu
The emergence of what is presented as an alternate political movement in South Africa should be looked into in the context of historical political developments in most post colonial states, particularly in Africa. The rhetoric, actions and potential character of the ANC dissident group, which misnamed itself Congress of the People, are not dissimilar to rebel militia groups that ignited and began wars and caused conflicts in most post independence African Nation-States. In many African nation states such as Uganda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Angola, Congo, Sudan, etc., the rebel militia groups emerged out of disgruntlement on internal political dynamics and often defined themselves as the true representatives of the people, custodians of morality defined along narrow religious lines and beliefs.