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VII. Southern Africa

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All states of the sub-region were members of SADC and met regularly in a variety of thematically focused sub-regional conferences. However, while SADC was considered the most advanced form of sub-regional cooperation on the continent, its further integration was at best modest. Globally negotiated relationships posed challenges to further unification on sub-regional levels. Zimbabwe remained the most obvious example of how a transition to independence was derailed once the liberation movement in power had lost its legitimacy, while the scandalous situation in Swaziland continued to be largely ignored within the subregion and by the outside world. The generally positive trend towards enhanced minimum standards of at least formal democratic rule continued at least relatively speaking in most countries of the sub-region.

Keywords: democratic rule; SADC; sub-regional conferences; Swaziland; Zimbabwe



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