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Regime change

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Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma et al need to make up their minds. They say they are against the regime change doctrine (eg in Libya). For consistency they must be against regime change anywhere.

So presumably it wasn’t ‘regime change’ which brought the ANC into power in South Africa?

Agreed: technically it wasn’t.

Wikipedia defines regime change as the replacement of one regime with another […] through conquest by a foreign power, revolution, coup d’état or reconstruction following the failure of a state.

Between 1990 and 1994 the minority white government and minority white electorate created the constitutional conditions for a hand-over of power to South Africa’s first democratically elected government.

The ANC were hugely important players in this process, but they were not the only players. Just because they were the major political beneficiaries of the democratic miracle does not mean they were its sole instigators and creators – which is the impression they like to give.

Had they been its sole instigators and creators, they would have been guilty of regime change.

© Chris Lawrence 2011.


Written by Chris Lawrence

27 March 2011 at 11:15 am

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  1. […] Oh yes.  And Jacob Zuma, the current president of South Africa says that we should stay out of Libya because he is against “regime change.” […]

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