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Vol 42 No 8

Published 20th April 2001

South Africa

Sniping at the President

With elections far off, the gossips have fun with Thabo Mbeki

Could President Thabo Mbeki risk being ousted by his own party? Will he be challenged for the leadership of the African National Congress at the end of 2002 or win a second presidential contest at the 2004 national elections? Such questions, normal between elections in any democracy, have been enlivened by a strange declaration by Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who suddenly denied that he planned to challenge Mbeki for the ANC leadership.

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