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Vol 45 No 4

Published 20th February 2004

South Africa

Foregone conclusion

The ANC will win the Easter elections but it needs to get its voters out

Few bother to ask who will win the general elections on 14 April. One cartoon last week portrayed President Thabo Mbeki astride an enormous African National Congress horse, firing the starting pistol for himself, with a huddle of smaller beasts lined up many yards behind. These elections, ten years after South Africa's first free ones, will mark the end of democracy's bedding-down process (AC Vol 45 Nos 2 & 3). Just in case of trouble, at least 1,000 international observers will again be on hand to help judge their fairness.

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