Is competition between SA and Nigeria good for African diplomacy?

South Africa's seemingly precarious relations with Nigeria over recent years has raised serious questions about diplomacy between Africa's two economic powerhouses.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi on Thursday spoke to Azwi Langalanga from the SA Institute of International Affairs. He shares his analysis regarding the issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

There's still a lot of rivalry to the relationship but there's a history to the relationship that explains why there's a rivalry.

Azwi Langalanga, international affairs analyst

Before South Africa became independent in 1994, Nigeria was playing the role South Africa is playing at the moment. Nigeria was the leader in the continent.

Azwi Langalanga, international affairs analyst

Because of the size of the economy and culture of democracy and human rights, South Africa assumed a new position and that is where the relationship started to take a different direction.

Azwi Langalanga, international affairs analyst

South Africa is seen as a newbie in the African continent, so its' leadership is highly contested not only by Nigeria but by other countries on the continent.

Azwi Langalanga, international affairs analyst

This article first appeared on 702 : Is competition between SA and Nigeria good for African diplomacy?


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