Wednesday, April 21, 2004

George "Dubya" Bush phoned Mbeki at 1h30 in the morning to congratulate him on the election results, and to tell him that South Africa provides a model for new democracies elsewhere. Indeed, there was so much faith in the ability of South Africa to run its elections freely and fairly, that both the EU and UN declined to send observers, despite being invited to do so. While this is obviously a feather in the cap of the country, we should remind ourselves that the ANC's commitment to democracy is yet to be truly tested. This will only happen when the ANC faces a genuine electoral challenge -- something that it has not yet done.

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