The Ciskei experiment: a libertarian fantasy in apartheid South Africa

The commission praised the suppressed “free market spirit” of the Black community and hoped that Ciskei would be a showcase of a non-racial form of capitalism to influence the rest of the nation. Yet what came into existence bore little resemblance to the cultivation of an indigenous entrepreneurial class. The homeland that sold itself as “Africa’s Switzerland” was a caricature case of corporate welfare, overseen by state-funded union-busting security forces willing to murder.


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