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Mozambique and South Africa: a case for the relationship counsellor

Underneath the surface, the Mozambican government resents how it is treated by its neighbour

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. Complaints by attorney-general Beatriz Buchili that South Africa is not cooperating on kidnappings (see below) are symptomatic of a wider resentment the Mozambican government feels towards its neighbour. In public, ministers maintain that the South Africans are their friends and comrades, but in private, both they and officials think that the government in Pretoria treats them with a lack of respect.

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