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Vol 65 No 13

Published 20th June 2024

South Africa

The centre is holding – for now

President Ramaphosa’s Government of National Unity has months rather than years to regenerate jobs and hope

South Africa’s transition into coalition country politics – its most important shift since the liberation election of 1994 – happened so fast that most of the players were able to believe they had gained something from it before they could see a way to stop it. For a few months at least, that will be the glue that holds the new arrangements together. Beyond that, the claim that the country has embarked on a new national project will come under terminal strain – both from within and without the Government of National Unity.

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