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The overriding theme of this research report is ‘youth politics’ in South Africa in the
1980s and early 1990s. The report explores the role played by the Africanist youth
organization, the Azanian National Youth Unity (AZANYU), in the struggle for
liberation. It further examines its response to the transition period which took place in the
country in the early 1990s.
The report explores in particular the role played by the AZANYU Tembisa branch in the
struggle. It contends that this branch adopted a militaristic approach in its fight for
liberation. And this prohibited it from participating in the local politics mounted by the
Tembisa residents. Instead it focused on national politics. The report further illustrates
how youth politics were introduced and sustained in Tembisa over a period of time from
the early 1970s.