Zanu-PF: SA remains under the rule of Boers

2014-03-22 09:40
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe (File: Werner Beukes, Sapa)

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe (File: Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Cape Town – Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly taken a swipe at the African National Congress (ANC) following Secretary General Gwede Mantashe's attack on the country's land reform programme.

According to the Mail and Guardian, Mantashe slammed Zimbabwe's land reform programme saying it had caused the country's economic hardships.

Mantashe said this while addressing a rally in the Free State on Sunday.

Mantashe said the ANC would not seize land from whites without paying compensation as this would likely trigger a Zimbabwe-like economic collapse, said a New Zimbabwe.comreport.

"Look at Zimbabwe. It used to be the bread basket of Africa. Today it imports almost everything. The Zimbabwean dollar has disappeared", Mantashe was quoted as saying.

At least 4 000 white commercial farmers were evicted from their farms when President Robert Mugabe's government embarked on a violent and controversial land redistribution programme in 2000.

A shift in policy

Since then, agricultural production decreased dramatically and food shortages have continued to plague the country.

Mantashe said SA's economy would disappear if the country followed the Zimbabwean example.

But, according to News Day, Zanu-PF's spokesperson Rugare Gumbo rubbished Mantashe's remarks, saying the ANC should keep its policy of "accommodating colonisers" while Zimbabwe continued to empower its citizens.

Gumbo said the ANC should focus on its country's affairs, adding that Zanu-PF strived to better the lives of its people.

Gumbo said Zanu-PF had a model that was "the best in Africa", adding that SA remained "under the rule of the Boers".

Read more on:    anc  |  zanu-pf  |  rugare gumbo  |  gwede ­mantashe  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  sa  |  southern africa  |  zimbabwe land reforms

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