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Vol 50 No 23

Published 20th November 2009


South Africa

In favour and out of cash

The ANC government’s left-wing supporters in Cosatu and the SACP want more of their comrades in the cabinet and more social spending

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the SA Communist Party (SACP) have gained strength since they helped President Jacob Zuma into power in April. Their left-wing arguments have more effect on politics than on economics but President Zuma's balancing act between his constituencies is already affecting policy (AC Vol 50 No 21), creating difficulties for a country that is facing a revenue shortfall of 70 billion rand (US$9.44 mn.).

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