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South Africa in Transition

The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to South Africa. Phase III: August – December 1993

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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The Political Context

COMSA's main objective has been to assist with efforts to contain the prolitical violence which has threatened the negotiating process in South Africa. In both of its previous reports, the mission stressed that while it would be naive to assume that violence would end overnight with a new political dispensation, a democratically elected government stood a far better chance of coming to grips with violence than one which represented only a privileged minority.

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