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Title:Thabo Mbeki and the Afrikaners, 1986-2004
Author:Brits, J.P.ISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Volume:53
Issue:2
Pages:33-69
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:negotiation
democratization
Afrikaners
1980-1989
1990-1999
About person:Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (1942-)ISNI
Abstract:Thabo Mbeki's clandestine contacts from 1985 to 1990 with influential individuals and groups of 'establishment' Afrikaners largely facilitated formal negotiations between the NP government and the ANC, culminating in the transition to democracy in 1994. He was also instrumental in negotiating an agreement with General Constand Viljoen, thereby preventing a possible insurrection from the Afrikaner rightwing. This article examines the nature and scope of Mbeki's interactions with Afrikaner groups, and shows how Mbeki niftily used his diplomatic skills to convert different Afrikaner groups to accepting the ANC's goodwill towards Afrikaners as a minority ethnic group, notably during the last four years of the 1980s, up to the end of his first term as President of a democratic South Africa. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract, edited]
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