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Vol 40 No 12

Published 11th June 1999

South Africa

Mbeki's triumph

The ANC just misses its target, the NP collapses, the DP rises, Holomisa returns

The overwhelming majority won by the African National Congress in the 2 June elections was spectacular if predictable. And it left opposition voters surprisingly unflustered, considering some earlier signs of panic that President-designate Thabo Mbeki was about to tamper with the constitution. There had been fears (which the opposition amply played up in the campaign) that the ANC would remove property rights, curtail the independence of institutions such as the judiciary and Reserve Bank, and generally transgress other agreed boundaries.

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