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Vol 43 No 15

Published 26th July 2002

South Africa

Buthelezi replays history

The Zulu leader and some tough friends threaten to open Natal's wounds

Relations between the African National Congress and Mangosuthu Buthelezi's Inkatha Freedom Party are at their lowest since the rivals signed a peace deal on the eve of the 1994 elections. The balance between the two parties remains critical to South Africa's stability; if they hadn't signed the 1994 peace deal the elections would have been derailed, and the erratic Buthelezi's brand of Zulu nationalism rouses passions well beyond his native province of kwaZulu-Natal (kZN). The ANC governs in a coalition with Inkatha both in the province and at national level. The deal is increasingly problematic.

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