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Title:The BNF and BDP's 'fight' for the attention of the ANC, 1912-2004: a historical perspective
Author:Makgala, Christian JohnISNI
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:Botswana National Front
Botswana Democratic Party
African National Congress (South Africa)
foreign policy
political history
Botswana--Politics and government
Political parties--History
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41235991
Abstract:This paper examines the relationship between the two main competing political parties in Botswana, the Botswana National Front (BNF) and the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) from 1990 to 2004. The BNF has never missed an opportunity to portray itself as a product of the liberation movement in southern Africa and hence as a natural ally of the ANC. The un-banning of the ANC and the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990 saw the ruling BDP trying to cash in on the 'Madiba magic', much to the consternation of the BNF. However, the ANC's capitulation to the market-driven economy, its victory in the 1994 general elections, and a major split in the BNF in 1998 forced the ANC to align itself with the BDP. This changing position on the part of the ANC, as well as other former liberation movement parties such as Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF, has been seen by the BNF as a shift to the right and an abandonment of their former 'progressive' agenda. This development is set against the background of the relationship between Batswana and the ANC since 1912. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]