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Salient. Official Newspaper of Victoria University Students Association. Volume 40, Number 3. March 14, 1977.



The overall significance of the Geneva talks was that they represented the latest attempt of Imperialism to ensure a neocolonialist solution in Zimbabwe. This involves setting up a "moderate' black government which in return for its position as a privileged ruling class will ensure that the area remains within the world capitalist system as a dependent peripheral economy. Neo-colonialism is no solution for the mass of the people for whom white rulers are merely exchanged for black while all the institutions which ensure their underdevelopment and exploitation remain intact. Armed struggle poses a threat to the achievement of a neo colonialist solution in that it contains the potential to develop into a strong revolutionary movement and to politicise the mass of the revolutionary movement and to politicise the mass of the people as to the need for a socialist revolution. Thus the need for a quick "peaceful" solution in Zimbabwe.

Imperialist strategy in Southern Africa over recent years is now finding its expression in the Geneva talks shows the attempt to effect this neo-colonialist solution.