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Title:South Africa: the ANC's difficult allies
Author:Plaut, MartinISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:African National Congress (South Africa)
political opposition
Abstract:South African President Jacob Zuma has ridden the crest of a wave of popularity. However, he is struggling to hold together his increasingly fractious Alliance partners - the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the South African National Civic Association (SANCO). The inability of the opposition to hold the ANC to account in parliament means that the real debate has shifted to inside the Alliance. At the heart of the conflict within the Alliance is a failure of delivery. The ANC finds itself with at least three factions competing for influence: the Left (the Communist Party and the unions), the Right (ANC traditionalists, Africanists who resent the influence of ethnic minorities, and the ANC Youth League), and a group around Zuma, who is attempting to hold the middle ground. Divisions within the Alliance now run deep and there is an evident hostility between Left and Right. The real question is who will in time come to provide a voice for the voiceless in South Africa. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]