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Interview with Stephen Chan, Author of "Southern Africa: Old Treacheries and New Deceits"

Think Africa Press interviews Stephen Chan about his 28th and most recent book, "Southern Africa: Old Treacheries and New Deceits".
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Stephen Chan's most recent book, Southern Africa: Old Treacheries and New Deceits, is a contemporary political history of the region, focussing on South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Drawing on his extensive on the ground experience, from Zimbabwe's independence up to the present day, the book provides first hand insight into the region's key figures: Robert Mugabe, Thabo Mbeki, Kenneth Kaunda, Jacob Zuma, Helen Zille, and Morgan Tsvangarai.In this interview with Think Africa Press about the book, Chan discusses the Mbeki-Zuma rivalry, the prospects for Zimbabwe's elections, Tsvangarai and Mbeki's legacies, political opposition in South Africa, and the current political situation in Zambia.


To my mind the most interesting question about Zimbabwe is not what will happen to ZANU PF when Mugabe finally expires, but what will happen to the party should they find themselves in opposition. Whatever tactics they have used to inflate their vote, no commentator denies that there is a large minority of voters who have cast their ballot for ZANU out of a genuine support for the party. This demographic will not disappear (even if many of them are of the older generation) and would certainly form a coherent voter base for opposition to Tsvangirai. The question is whether the ZANU bigwigs are capable of adapting to running an opposition party, after so many years in power.