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Vol 43 No 17

Published 30th August 2002

South Africa

Congress gets scratchy

The development summit gives Mbeki less trouble than his own party

The World Summit on Sustainable Development, which overruns Johannesburg this week, is riven by competing interests and chaired by President Thabo Mbeki. It is also punctuated by street protestors mourning the betrayal of the revolution. So it will be good practice for the conference of the governing African National Congress at Stellenbosch in December. The ANC meeting matters more for Mbeki's political career. Above all, it will test Mbeki's leadership skills, under attack in his first term of office from both left and right.

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