This paper offers an assessment of the foreign policy strategies adopted by
both the Mandela and Mbeki administrations in their quest to shed the country’s
image as a former defender of racial segregation, largely dislocated from the
global economic system to become the leading defender of multiparty democracy,
national reconciliatory processes and economic justice in Sub-Saharan Africa. In
detail, it examines the five strategies employed by the ANC government to restore peace and stability to the country while paving a new path for it to embark on as a respected member of the international community.