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Vol 46 No 13

Published 24th June 2005


South Africa

A trial for the ANC

After his sacking, Jacob Zuma faces criminal charges; his party faces a lengthy political battle

The elevation of Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to the deputy presidency on 22 June is an astute if provocative move by President Thabo Mbeki. Mlambo-Ngcuka, 49, is widely regarded as one of the most effective ministers, having secured the mining industry's agreement on tough black empowerment provisions and started the liberalisation of South Africa's energy market. She will leave the Energy Ministry as the 'Oilgate' scandal continues to unfold. The allegations involve one of the country's largest parastatals, PetroSA, and African National Congress funding; as the minister responsible for PetroSA, Mlambo-Ngcuka could still face awkward questions.

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