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Vol 49 No 10

Published 9th May 2008

South Africa

Brand new Zuma washes whiter

A dash through Europe has helped the new ANC leader establish his pragmatic credentials with diplomats and businesses

With one bound Jacob Zuma was free. No longer was the new President of the African National Congress a dangerous populist in a threatening alliance with communists and trades unionists. Instead, he was a considered diplomat given to statesmanlike utterances, a pragmatist whose willingness to listen to other viewpoints marks him apart from his political rival and President of the Republic, Thabo Mbeki. That at least was the view of Europe's business people and bien-pensants who spent time with Zuma on his whirlwind tour of Western Europe in the week ending 26 April.

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