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Published 12th September 2003

Vol 44 No 18

South Africa

Struggling to succeed

Mbeki moves the chess pieces as the 2004 elections draw near and scandals rage

The African National Congress had studiously avoided an open succession struggle since going into exile four decades ago. Now no holds are barred as it prepares for April's elections, which should give President Thabo Mbeki (AC Vol 44 No 17) his second five-year term. Tension is rising over his strategy to derail Jacob Zuma as Deputy President and impose his own choice, ready to take over in 2009 as the country's third black president. The top-level power struggle has turned ugly. The National Director of Public Prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, seemed to have trapped Zuma neatly between the accusation that there was 'prima facie evidence' against him of corruption in the current arms scandal (see Box) but not enough evidence to take him to court.

BAE's role in SA's big arms deal

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A public inquiry into contracts awarded for South Africa's arms purchasing programme, the Strategic Defence Procurement Package, found in 2001 that most bids required closer scruti...

Saharan box of tricks

As Saharan independence threatens, Rabat digs up its box of tricks

King Mohammed VI has woken up to the realisation that Morocco's campaign to impose its sovereignty over Western Sahara has entered a dangerous new phase. For three decades, the for...

Dr Faustus, I presume

The deal to give the President another term in exchange for reform is crumbling

A growing minority within the ruling National Resistance Movement opposes another five-year term for President Yoweri Museveni in 2006 as well as the political reforms that his sup...

Rabat's regional security web

As it tries to regain some of the initiative in the struggle for Western Sahara, Morocco will seek to pull in debts from several West African and other states with which it has lon...

Another year, another plot

Peace remains a long way off for President Gbagbo and his divided opponents

Despite the repeated declarations of peace, Côte d'Ivoire's crisis is still far from solution. As the conflict heads into its second year, the splits between President Lauren...


Delta force

The military's plans for the Niger Delta are unclear. The army launched 'Operation Restore Hope' in July, with the stated aims of enforcing peace and protecting oilfields. Troops a...

War drift

The United Nations Security Council will renew the mandate of the UN Mission to Eritrea and Ethiopia next week but the border remains unresolved and there is concern over mounting ...

War on England

Protests against the government's land reform programme are growing ahead of the publication next week of a new investigation into corruption headed by former Cabinet Secretary Cha...