MELANIE Haape writes the policies that led to the downfall of the Cuban economy are similar to those advocated by Julius Malema for SA (Witness, May 4).
From his manifesto, I gather that he advocates virtually the same policies implemented by Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe. I find it interesting that the UN Food and Agriculture year book of 1975 rated Zimbabwe, then Rhodesia, second in the world for the production of maize, wheat, soya beans and groundnuts, and third for cotton.
For the combined rating for all these products, she was rated first in the world.
Rhodesian tobacco was rated the finest in the world. Agriculture was the biggest contributor to GDP and the biggest employer of labour. Zimbabwe is now rated as one of the poorest countries in the world. I wonder why politicians, when they draw up their policies, do not go to countries where similar policies have been in place for some time and see what effect they have had on those countries. Why do they believe that the same policies will lead to a different result?
Why do they not go to the most successful countries and see what they have done? The fact that thousands of Zimbabweans seek employment in South Africa should surely ring alarm bells.