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Thabo Mbeki

Following the world's favourite politician will not be easy. But with South Africa's problems mounting and the "African Renaissance" stalled, can Mbeki step out of Mandela's shadow?

By Victor Mallet   May 1999

Nelson Mandela, the 80-year-old hero of South Africa’s peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy, is the hardest act to follow since Abraham Lincoln. But followed he must be: five years after he negotiated an end to white rule and led the African National Congress to victory in the country’s first non-racial election, Mandela-boxer, lawyer, Robben Island rock-breaker and political icon-is looking forward to a well-earned retirement with Gra?Machel, his third wife.

Fortunately for South Africa, Thabo Mbeki-the chosen successor-has been well-groomed for the tasks he will take on after the ANC wins the South African general election on 2nd June.…

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