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Title:South Africa and Africa: towards reconciliation
Author:Venter, DenisISNI
Periodical:Année africaine - CEAN
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subject:foreign policy
Abstract:The marginalization of South Africa in Africa has for a long time been linked to the efficiency of the Frontline States' policies, particularly within the OUA, as well as to the country's own racial political options. Apartheid constituted the core of the conflict between South Africa and the other African countries. Normalization, rapprochement and an eventual reconciliation can only be effected in the relations between South Africa and other African countries if the pattern of constrictive thinking based on confrontation, a still prevailing 'laager' mentality and the psychosis of survival and slogan politics can be overcome. The democratic transitions which have swept the continent since the end of the 1980s prepared the way for South Africa's move towards a democratic order. This will give the country an opportunity to play an important role not only in Africa but also between southern countries and northern developed countries. Notes, ref., sum. in English and French (p. 10).