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Friday, August 13, 2004

ANC 'planning' of Nats demise
The Mail & Guardian carries a story about the ANC's "Operation Nat Attack" in which they planned the destruction of the NNP, starting in 1998 to its successful conclusion this week.

Whilst the ANC may have had a plan to achieve this, one could hardly say that the death of the NNP was attributable to the covert actions of the ruling party. The NNP had emotive and structural reasons for its demise, not least of which was the fact that the party could never escape its Apartheid past. A lack of coherent post-1994 election strategy and some poor leadership also colluded to push the party over the abyss, and in my view, the NNP would today be floating belly up on the political waters with or without the nattily named "Operation Nat Attack".