Maimane warn­ing call

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News -

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has teamed up with the lead­ers of Venezuela’s op­po­si­tion party to strengthen his party’s stance against na­tion­al­i­sa­tion and the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

In a joint me­dia con­fer­ence on Fri­day with Primero Jus­ti­cia lead­ers Miguel Ale­jan­dro Pizarro and Jose Manuel Oli­vares‚ Maimane warned against what he termed the pop­ulist poli­cies of the ANC.

The DA is op­posed to calls by the ANC and the EFF for the na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of the South African Re­serve Bank and ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

Maimane urged South Afri- ca to learn from Venezuela’s mis­takes.

“In many in­stances you find lib­er­a­tion move­ments be­gin to adopt poli­cies that in the begin­ning may seem to speak the lan­guage of jus­tice‚ but are ac­tu­ally de­signed for pop­ulist and self­ish ben­e­fit‚” he said.

“This in many ways is a South African story to­day‚ but it used to be the Venezue­lan story just a few years ago.”

Maimane said his Venezue­lan coun­ter­parts un­der­stood that con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy must reign supreme.

The two par­ties signed an agree­ment to fight against pop­ulist regimes around the world.

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