When the elephants fight, tusk to tusk, it is the grass -- the ordinary people -- that gets trampled. But where did the elephants get their tusks? In Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the elephants now sup at the same table. Since July a government of national unity, agreed during talks at Sun City, reigns over an uneasy, fractional peace.
The success of the weekend mass march on Sandton "surprised" the anti-government activists who organised it -- and is a wake-up call to the ANC, whose own march was left in the shade. A mass of people marched 10km from Johannesburg's impoverished Alexandra to upmarket Sandton.
The anti-globalisation lobby fired the first public salvo in its war on the World Summit at a series of demonstrations -- and warned it was mobilising for a frontal assault. Hundreds of activists converged on Jeppe Regional Court to support comrades charged with public violence.