July 23, 2008 5:00 PM

South African President Mbeki is leaving office on a sour note

South African President Thabo Mbeki followed Nelson Mandela as leader of Africa's indispensable nation. After eight years, many are eager for him to go. It's easy to see why: Mbeki has failed to curb one of the world's highest urban crime rates and largely ignored what became the world's largest population of HIV/AIDS cases. Then there's the nationwide electricity crisis and deadly attacks on African immigrants.

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