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Vol 40 No 13

Published 25th June 1999

South Africa

Mbeki the mystery

The new cabinet reveals little about the new President's political style

Now centre-stage as President, Thabo Mbeki still keeps South Africans guessing. His patchwork cabinet is dominated by ministers who served Nelson Mandela, and expanded to 29 from 26 members, despite the Presidential Review Commission's recommendation to reduce it (AC Vol 40 No 12). Some of the old cabinet's brightest stars, including Mac Maharaj at Transport, Pallo Jordan at Environment and Derek Hanekom at Agriculture, either jumped or were pushed.

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