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At least Mbeki has a plan

By Peter Bruce   June 2001

so thabo mbeki isn’t sure the HIV virus exists, thinks that Robert Mugabe may have a point, won’t apologise for atrocities committed in ANC camps in exile and will jolly well have outlandish rumours about ANC rivals investigated by police intelligence. So what? Look who Italy just elected as prime minister.

Mbeki arrives for a state visit to Britain on 12th June with his reputation as South Africa’s president badly frayed. After the saintly Mandela, the British and other Europeans wonder, was this the best South Africa could do?

It is hard to apologise for Mbeki. Bereft by choice of…

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