Know the ANC, Max du Preez tells farmers

2012-08-01 22:17
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Bloemfontein - Get to know ANC politics, journalist Max du Preez advised Free State farmers on Wednesday.

"It's also good for the heart," said Du Preez.

He told delegates at Free State Agriculture's annual conference that many people did not have insight into the ruling party, especially farmers.

"It's the reason why we react so emotionally at times."

Du Preez said farmers got worked up by statements from people such as former African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema.

"We must get to a point where we understand Malema blowing off steam and the change in the ANC."

He told farmers the governing party was currently mostly dominated by populists who stepped into the limelight at its elective conference in Polokwane in 2007.

"The ugly [side] of the ANC has come forward. People who seek power are at the forefront."

Du Preez said farmers should remember they were easy targets for populist politics, and that land was central to politics in South Africa.

"You must know when somebody talks about land, who he is, why he says that, where it comes from, was it rhetoric, or should he be taken seriously?"

People reacted in panic and were unable to work out a strategy if they did not understand this.

Du Preez said South Africa was doing well, despite the current government. Citizens had to come to a point where they said the country had a bad president or government, not that it was a bad country.

"Our happiness does not depend on what [President Jacob] Zuma or Malema said yesterday."

Du Preez said farmers should not spend their energy on panic, but rather on taking the initiative in South Africa's development.

"They must chill a bit… the Constitution cannot be changed anymore."
- SAPA
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