South Africa's ruling party elects a new president; he assures audiences at home and abroad that he will herald an era of desperately needed reform leading to political and economic recovery. Opinion is deeply divided. The optimists, in short supply after the ruinous misrule of his predecessor, cling to the hope that the new man will walk the path his new-era talk indicates. The pessimists suggest this is simply placing a better face on an organisation incapable of transcending change.Anyway, what hope of the new man delivering? He sat in the cabinet of the old president doing nothing - visibly at least - to halt the rot of his calamitous policies. But when the new president delivers his state of the nation speech - his election as party president being followed by his assumption of the country presidency - he capsizes, in one address, the old order almost entirely. The above is a reasonable working description of South Africa after FW de Klerk's election as leader of the National P...

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