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Vol 45 No 14

Published 9th July 2004


South Africa

The limits of power

Pretoria's new diplomats win continental plaudits but face more chaos in their neighbourhood

Pretoria's expansionists are having a good year. Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was elected to the chair of the African Union's newly formed Peace and Security Council and South Africa is tipped to host the new African parliament against Libya's questionable claims as mother of democracy. Moreover, after a third landslide election victory at home, the self-belief of the governing African National Congress has never been higher. Key to that belief is South Africa's image overseas, particularly among fellow African states. The new institutions being launched at the AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week all bear an unmistakable South African imprint.

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