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FF Plus no to Zim loan

2013-04-18 22:21

Johannesburg - The government must withdraw its proposed R900m loan to Zimbabwe to help fund its upcoming elections, the FF Plus said on Thursday.

"In the light of South Africa's Constitution... the loan to Zimbabwe is unconstitutional," Freedom Front Plus spokesperson Anton Alberts said in a statement.

"Against the backdrop of South Africa's own economic challenges and pressure on taxpayers, the loan should be withdrawn."

It was reported on Tuesday that talks between the two countries about financial help were at a "sensitive stage".

On Monday, Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti said his treasury did not have the capacity to fund the elections, for which the country needed about R1.2 billion.

Biti said the Zimbabwean government had written to the United Nations, South Africa, and Angola asking for loans.

He was reported later on Monday as saying South Africa would contribute R900m. The elections are scheduled to be held later this year.

On Wednesday, it was reported that Zimbabwe had withdrawn a request it had made to the United Nations for money to fund its elections, after refusing to accept UN conditions, including media reforms and security issues.

Alberts said it appeared that the Zimbabwean government was not prepared to accept the conditions, which promoted democracy.

"It is clear that the Zanu-PF component of the Zimbabwean government is not interested in ensuring true democracy and human rights in that country," he said.

Alberts said withdrawing the loan would prompt the government to reconsider the UN loan.

"This will force Zimbabwe to accept the UN's loan with their terms and in this manner also ensure that the chances for a fair election in Zimbabwe improve."

Comments
  • Debbie du Plessis - 2013-04-18 22:42

    ABSOLUTELY agreed!!!!!!!!!! Who they HELL does the cANCer think they are to spend OUR money like that without consultation & referendum!

      Amaru Shakur - 2013-04-19 07:01

      Dude,they are too near not to hear you.If maybe you were in Zim,they'd probably hear you.

      DeAndre Sosa - 2013-04-19 09:54

      I think they should "promise" to loan Zim this money but give them conditions. If they have free and fair elections with no violence or threats, they can get the loan. I believe this is the only way they can get rid of Mugabe

  • Bradley Stewart - 2013-04-18 23:05

    Dam right no loan!

  • Zethu Mthembu - 2013-04-19 00:45

    I hope and pray that for once the ANC goverment can be rational about its decision on this matter...

      JMaree - 2013-04-19 01:12

      I agree, i only hope they also consider the mdc supporters (last time 47% of the population, zanu-pf got 43% in the 2008 vote) that will actually have to vote (hopefully without the treat of harm from the zanu-pf hanging over their heads)

      Amaru Shakur - 2013-04-19 06:59

      @Zethu,I thought by now u knew that ANC doesn't give a damn about u,me or anybody else.

  • Charmaine Wilde - 2013-04-19 05:12

    if you give zim 900m for there elections who is going to pay for south africa elections the peoples tax money

  • Barry Pointeer - 2013-04-19 05:32

    i agree-- who says that that idiot/dictator Bob should have any of the South Africans hard earned tax money.. i personally would rather give him a noose..

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-04-19 06:27

    One thing is gauranteed, the zim government can't steel the tax payers money anymore, there is none.

  • Amaru Shakur - 2013-04-19 06:46

    How I wish Zuma could just disappear

  • Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-04-19 07:03

    FF plus u late!!!ANC said they will support ZANU PF to make sure they win next elections,bad nee?????

  • Vusi Nhlabathi - 2013-04-19 07:12

    RSA MUST NEVER TAKE OUR MONEY AND GIVE ZIMBABWE.....MUGABE CAN PERSONALLY BORROW HIS STATE MONEY AS HE IS RICH MORE THAN HIS STATE.........HE'S WORTH 3 BILLION US DOLLARS

  • Rozana Sharp - 2013-04-19 07:24

    Fully agree, especially after they turned down the reqeust to the UN which fully supported democracy - South Africa is bleeding here, with poverty, escalating costs which are totally out of proportion to the services being received, and yet we can waste R900M on Zim? Totally ridiculous!

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-04-19 07:30

    ANC wants to run SA like Zanu-PF but our constitution prevents them. Just take the money from old Bob's bank account. He has billions tucked away for his retirement.

  • Marc Ross - 2013-04-19 07:43

    Is there anything these guys dont F--k up. Ruin the economy and then reach out with the begging bowl. Blame it on colonialism and the evil west, the bad white man blah blah. I repeat the question: Is there ANYTHING these guys dont f00k up?

  • grant.henry1 - 2013-04-19 08:16

    Its a shame that they can borrow so much money when there own people are struggling, its a slap in there faces. They could of built more houses or pay this e tolling thats going ro effect the poorest or help eskom and their electricity increases. But thats y people keep on voting for the anc they like the face slapping.

  • Virginia Barker - 2013-04-19 08:31

    Good grief! Why give them a loan of 9oo million when we already know what the outcome of the elections are going to be. Mad Bob has already won, so why waste our money.

  • Jacques Taljaard - 2013-04-19 09:01

    its all good and well saying maybe there is a fair elections...and things will change...nice sentiment! But answer one questions...when last was ANYTHING free and fair in zim? Thats like throwing petrol on an open fire and hoping thats it may not blow up this time! Thats will NEVER change until mugabe is gone! He will never truly share power....so that money is guarenteed wasted... I also ask how the hell can it cost 900M to host elections? they need to buy all candidates new cars and houses to look good on posters? Im sure there is a shopping wish list attached and only a small amount will be used for elections! This is mugabes way of getting money, by subverting the system and bypassing sanctions! My opinion of course...

  • PissyWhiskers Black - 2013-04-19 09:18

    Withdraw the loan - Mugabe doesnt need it to fund his abuse on his citizens now for elections! Keep the money for your own country fools!

  • Marc Ross - 2013-04-19 09:40

    Down with white colonalists (but please give us R900 000 000 of your tax money first). Whites must not complain or they must go (but remember to fill the begging bowl before you go). Mugabe is the great liberator bla bla hahahahaha LMAO

  • Attila Biemuller - 2013-04-19 10:22

    Lend the money to Zimbabwe,but with 51% interest.

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