August 21, 1999 |
At first glance, the new government of President Thabo Mbeki looks like a workers' paradise. Six Cabinet members belong to the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party. At least two others are Communist Party members. The premier of Gauteng, the country's richest and most powerful province, was until recently leader of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, a partner with the Communists and the African National Congress in the country's ruling alliance.