oa Botswana Notes & Records - The BNF and BDP's 'Fight' for the Attention of the ANC, 1912-2004: A Historical Perspective

Volume 38 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



This paper argues that the African National Congress' (ANC of South Africa) capitulation to the market driven economy, its attainment of state power in 1994, the development of a major split in the opposition Botswana National Front (BNF) in 1998, and President Nelson Mandela's retirement in 1999 forced the ANC to abandon its traditional ally, the BNF, and align itself with the ruling and pro-capitalist Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). A survey of the relationship between Batswana and the ANC from as early as 1912 is provided.

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