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Title:Transition to Democracy through Transaction? Bilateral Negotiations between the ANC and NP in South Africa
Authors:Rantete, Johannes
Giliomee, Hermann
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:South Africa
national liberation movements
peace negotiations
African National Congress (South Africa)
National Party
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abbreviations:ANC=African National Congress
NP=National Party
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/722988
Abstract:South Africa faces the stiff task of engineering a transition from authoritarian rule to an inclusive democracy and to do so from a position of relative stalemate. At this stage it is not clear what kind of transition the country is undergoing. Two kinds of transition can be discounted. There is little chance of transition through regime collapse, nor is there much chance of the government succeeding in dictating a transition from above which excludes the ANC. The ANC's extrication/decolonization model has been greatly modified by the leadership's acceptance of a role for the Tricameral Parliament in the transition process and of an interim government and constitutionmaking body which bears the stamp of the National Party (NP) as much as that of the ANC. That leaves transition through transactions which involve security, military and economic pacts. This article concentrates on bilateral negotiations between the ANC and NP, which started in the second half of the 1980s. It discusses events as far as the collapse of talks after the second plenary meeting of the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa) in mid-1992. Notes, ref.