oa Africa Insight - Political transition, development and the role of civil society

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The political transition process that began on 2 February 1990 is proceeding on its predictably unplanned and uncertain way. Nelson Mandela is correct to argue that it is not yet irreversible. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the old rules of the game no longer apply and the pieces on the political chessboard have moved into endgame positions. However, as it becomes ever easier to predict what the final moves are going to be as the major players resolve the fundamental constitutional questions of state power new questions have already begun to loom large. These revolve, in essence, around the nature of development.

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