Article from ROAPE Volume 28 Number 89
South Africa's Agenda in 21st Century Global Governance
Can Thabo Mbeki change the world? It's a fair question. `We will succeed', implored Mbeki to a captivated San Francisco audience in May 2000, `in the struggle to end poverty and underdevelopment in our country and continent, provided we can count on the kind of support you gave us as we fought together to end the system of apartheid' (Mbeki, 2000). Thus the South African president invited leading representatives of US business, who in reality had for decades been die-hard supporters of apartheid (nearly uniformly opposing ANC calls for comprehensive sanctions), to help combat what Mbeki has already begun to term `global apartheid' - a system nearly as profitable for US capital as was South African racism.