oa Africa Insight - Violence in Mozambique: The case of Renamo

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Recent developments on the South African political scene have raised some hopes of bringing the war in Mozambique to an end. The apparent change of direction on the part of the Pretoria government, its unbanning of the African National Congress and other previously proscribed organizations, and the progress it has made towards negotiations all point to a possible change of heart and a relaxation of a previously hostile regional policy. There can be little doubt, given the importance of South Africa's role in the region and the history of its involvement in the Mozambican crisis, that changes within South Africa will be felt beyond its borders. However, it would be unwise to ignore the part played by internal factors in explaining the growth in both scale and severity of the Mozambican conflict over the past decade.

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