|Africa News Digest
London Pushes Split in South African ANC
Oct. 4 (EIRNS)Following recent resignations of Cabinet officials and one state premier, British papers, such as the Daily Telegraph, and British-owned or -allied papers in South Africa are promoting the idea that, in the wake of the ouster of South African President Thabo Mbeki, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which has a two-thirds majority in Parliament over a fragmented opposition, will formally split.
The London Daily Telegraph wrote on Sept. 27, that a split of the ANC will "hasten the day when South Africa has a genuinely competitive multi-party democracy." ANC critics, including financier George Soros, call South Africa "a one-party state." Soros has charged that South Africa is not democratic, because of the predominance of the ANC.
As reported last week, London is counting on discontent in the population over the removal of Mbeki, to give a boost to their project to split the ANC, in which dissatisfied ANC members would found a new party.