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Resurgent Citizen

The roundtable discussion took place against the backdrop of the possibility of ‘a new social movement that no longer defines its liberation and transformative agenda within the ambit of the ANC’s hegemony’1 which, for the first time, includes sections of organised labour alongside the ‘revolt of the poor’. In the aftermath of the Marikana massacre, initiatives such as NUMSA’s to build a united front with township activists reinforce the question of what role NGOs should play in building platforms for solidarity across a range of progressive struggles. Given the dependence of many social movements on ‘a sufficient base of material and human resources from within well-resourced institutions’, NGOs and movements must confront how the ‘dynamic of resources and access to resources have curtailed, strengthened or even corrupted social movements’.2