Changes in South African politics will reverberate across the region in a
year of economic tumult
SOUTH AFRICA: Mosiuoa 'Terror' Lekota's COPE takes on Zuma and the ANC With general elections coming up and the world recession pressing down, South Africa faces a new political scene. Firstly, who will lead the governing African National Congress to the polls? Secondly, how well will the new, breakaway Congress of the People do (AC Vol 49 No 25)? COPE’s future depends on whether ANC President Jacob Zuma
survives to lead the campaign for the national presidency and parliamentary dominance. COPE reckons that, with Zuma at the head of the ANC, its chance of an electoral breakthrough is good. The December meeting of the ANC’s National Executive Committee decided not to have Zuma’s face on the party’s election materials, to focus on the ‘brand’ rather than on any individual. COPE has unveiled what it calls a ‘New Progressive Agenda’ (or ‘New Way’) to reinvigorate political life. With similar ideas, ex-President Thabo Mbeki
tried, and failed, to modernise the ANC.
Six Zimbabweans make diverse predictions about economic and political
developments in the year ahead but agree on the main problem
THE CIVIC SOCIETY ACTIVIST The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will reject the agreement brokered by South African ex-President Thabo Mbeki and no inclusive government will b...
All of North Africa’s leaders will have something to celebrate in 2009, even if the majority of their populations won’t
North Africa’s leaders are among the longest-serving in the world and the most immune to democratic impulses. In comparison, Africa south of the Sahara with its multiparty election...