Yasmin Sooka
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/ 20 June 2005

Civil society can be a powerful force for change

South Africa’s richly plural civil society was forged in the struggle for liberation, but over the past five years its impact on policy and legislation has become less effective than it should be. The African National Congress has made the shift from liberation movement to governing party, but civil society has not quite figured out how to move beyond its old, oppositional role, writes Yasmin Sooka of the Black Sash.