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Vol 38 No 22

Published 7th November 1997


South Africa

Winning against Winnie

The former Mrs. Mandela may lose her bid for power but she still alarms ANC leaders

The President's ex-wife scares the African National Congress establishment. Their nightmare is that Winnie Madikizela- Mandela will be elected deputy president of the ANC at its national conference on 16-20 December in Mmbatho; that this will make her South Africa's deputy president in 1999 when Nelson Mandela retires and Thabo Mbeki steps into the presidency; and that she will then take over the country if something nasty happens to Mbeki. But none of that is likely to happen. Winnie's chance of being elected ANC deputy president is shrinking as pressure is brought to bear on the ranks by the party hierarchy.

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