n African Security Review - Zimbabwe : beyond the democratic impasse : commentary

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... COMMENTARY ZIMBABWE: BEYOND THE DEMOCRATIC IMPASSE CHERYL HENDRICKS Few countries in Africa attract sustained international media coverage without the presence of a civil war. Countries beyond the Limpopo rarely attract close scrutiny by the South African citizenry either, and their policies and practices seldom evoke domestic outbursts or mobilisation. Zimbabwe, since its 2000 general elections, has achieved this feat. Unfortunately, this particularity is derived from many of the factors that led to the disintegration of other post-colonial African states. The Zimbabwean government's resistance to democratisation, its reassertion of a narrow African nationalism, the government's repressive tactics, and ..

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