‘Zim must resolve its own political problems’
Former President Thabo Mbeki has warned leaders and society to refrain from being driven by popular slogans that are not based of facts. Speaking on Power FM on Thursday night‚ Mbeki said leaders have to think of the reality of the current situation and how they want to change it in the future. Thetalktookplacebeforeanaudience that included former finance ministerTrevorManuel‚Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius MalemaandANCspokesperson Zizi Kodwa. 'Youwhiteswillloseeverything,” Malema tells bankers.
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“Avoidbeingdrivenbywhatappears to be popular opinion and sexist slogans. You have to look at the reality that you have to deal with. We are here today and we want to be there tomorrow‚ how do we get there?” Mbeki said.
“[You need] to avoid being caught by fashion. You must be able to justify the steps you are taking. Not on the basis that you are going to get a very good newspaper headline but because what you are going to say is going to produce positive results that you need.” He then took his time to challenge the use of the slogan “white monopoly capital”.
- Mbeki revealed that although they criticised Mugabe in a document that was leaked to the media, he urged MDC to take charge of the process and not rely on the ANC. Former president Thabo Mbeki has defended his government’s stance on Zimbabwe, saying only Zimbabweans can resolve the political impasse in that country.
“If you are a president of South Africa, what you need to do is do whatever is possible to do what serves the people of South Africa, and one of the things you need to do is to develop good relations with the world,” he said during a conversation with Gauteng-based commercial radio station Power FM. In reference to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, he said:
“That doesn’t mean we agree with the things they do,” and disclosed that Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) wanted the ANC to intervene and institute a process that would effectively lead to a “constitutional amendment”.
“I met Mugabe at Jan Smuts Airport [now OR Tambo] and told him that we have been approached [by MDC]. That was our first political engagement in that situation.
“In the end, we prepared a 30-40 page critique of what was happening in Zimbabwe and sent it to ZANU-PF to prepare for a meeting between us [ANC and ZANU-PF],” he said, without giving details.
Mbeki sounded unimpressed with MDC’s abdication of their responsibilities by expecting the ANC leadership to fight their battles, saying the MDC was aggressively lobbying him and other leaders to play a proactive role towards the amendment of the constitution.