‘Zim must re­solve its own po­lit­i­cal prob­lems’

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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.

Suc­cess is as­so­ci­ated with white­ness, EFF leader Julius Malema said at a Rand Mer­chant Bank event yes­ter­day.

“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”.

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- 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.

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