||We will succeed, implored Thabo Mbeki to a captivated San Francisco audience, 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. Thus the South African president invited leading representatives of US business, who in reality had for decades been diehard 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. Either Mbeki is lost, bewildered, simply capable of saying anything pleasing to any audience to curry favour, like any politician. Or something else is going on?
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