Les­sons not learnt

The Sunday Times - - World -

Ian Smith was against ma­jor­ity rule in Rhode­sia in 1970s be­cause he did not think the blacks were ready to rule the coun­try.

Whether he was right or not is open to de­bate. Bri­tain forced Rhode­sia at the time into ma­jor­ity rule and Mu­gabe was in­stalled as its pres­i­dent. What a dis­as­ter that proved to be for the coun­try when he evicted the white farm­ers from their land and bankrupted the coun­try.

Mu­gabe was de­posed and the new regime in Zim­babwe has now in­vited white farm­ers back.

South Africa does not ap­pear to have learnt the les­son from Zim­babwe and by evict­ing white farm­ers from their land will go the same way. Based on what we are see­ing, Ian Smith was cor­rect for both Zim­babwe and South Africa. IAN BE­VAN Lands­dale

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