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Vol 42 No 22

Published 9th November 2001

South Africa

Don't confront, co-opt

The African National Congress often deals with its opponents by co-opting them, offering jobs and a hearing in exchange for an end to opposition. Co-option began with the Government of National Unity (GNU), established under the interim constitution in 1994. Ex-President Frederik Willem de Klerk and his National Party colleagues were allotted six cabinet posts as a constitutional right on a basis of proportional representation.

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