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Vol 38 No 4

Published 14th February 1997


South Africa

Hard bargains

Buthelezi raises the stakes at a time when his ANC opponents need successful peace talks

The Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party is poised to extract far reaching concessions from its main opponents, the African National Congress. The ANC wants a peace agreement, having invested substantial intelligence resources in trying to combat Inkatha's fighting capacity in kwaZulu-Natal. The ANC responded to IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi's recent rejection of a key peace proposal by offering him the second deputy presidency in the Government of National Unity (GNU). Buthelezi's appointment on 2 February as acting-state-president-for-a-day was intended to test public opinion on the issue.

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