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Vol 51 No 21

Published 22nd October 2010

South Africa

Battle of the plans

Rival ideas and personalities obstruct a promised plan for growth and the President will not pick a winner between the ideological factions

Jacob Zuma notched up a success when the Hawks, the special crime investigation unit, abandoned its inquiries into the arms deal in which it had been alleged that he was corruptly involved. The President’s next task may prove even harder. It is to get his allies in the governing African National Congress (ANC) to agree on a ‘new growth path’ for the country. With the cabinet divided, his advisors fear he may not come up with a comprehensive economic growth strategy before the end of his first term in 2012.

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