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Vol 40 No 10

Published 14th May 1999

South Africa

Compulsory coalition

KwaZulu-Natal's political leaders insist that power-sharing will stop the violence

The people of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) will cast their votes on 2 June, in national and provincial elections. However they vote, their party leaders have decided that their province will be ruled by a coalition for the next five years. The deal, between Thabo Mbeki, President of the African National Congress, and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi of the Inkatha Freedom Party, means that the electorate can choose only which party dominates the coalition in the most populous, and the most violence-prone, of South Africa's nine provinces.

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