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Vol 42 No 9

Published 4th May 2001

South Africa

The plots thicken

Allegations of conspiracies against Mbeki are widening ANC divisions

The Minister of Safety and Security, Steve Tshwete, is not known for political finesse. Nevertheless, he had to be taken seriously when he announced that the police would investigate allegations of a life-threatening plot by senior African National Congress figures against President Thabo Mbeki. Despite the torrent of criticism that Mbeki has been drawing on AIDS and Zimbabwe (AC Vol 42 No 8), a serious challenge to his leadership of the ANC and the nation looked unthinkable. Tshwete had made it look not only possible but probable.

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