SA should learn from Venezuela

MAIMANE: MEETS OP­PO­SI­TION MPS

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Demo­cratic Al­liance leader Mmusi Maimane yes­ter­day shared a plat­form with Venezue­lan op­po­si­tion mem­bers, in South Africa to raise aware­ness about the dire state of their coun­try.

Primero Jus­ti­cia (Jus­tice First) mem­bers of par­lia­ment Miguel Pizarro and Jose Manuel Oli­vares, who has been in ex­ile in Colom­bia af­ter his fam­ily was threat­ened, were in Jo­han­nes­burg to publi­cise what Maimane de­scribed as the dev­as­tat­ing so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, and eco­nomic cri­sis un­fold­ing in the coun­try.

“Miguel and Jose reached out to the Demo­cratic Al­liance as they recog­nise our party as a de­fender of lib­eral democ­racy and a cham­pion of the ad­vance­ment of free­dom and hu­man rights,” said Maimane.

Primero Jus­ti­cia is the main op­po­si­tion party in Venezuela. They hold 33 of the Na­tional As­sem­bly’s 167 seats.

“How­ever, the Na­tional As­sem­bly has ef­fec­tively been de­nuded of its pow­ers in a clearly il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional power grab by the au­thor­i­tar­ian regime.

“The gov­ern­ing party – United So­cial­ist Party of Venezuela – has 55 seats, but ex­er­cises near to­tal power.”

He said that hear­ing first-hand ac­counts of the dire sit­u­a­tion in Venezuela was im­por­tant for South Africans, so they could hear the real story, “as there are some in our coun­try – in­clud­ing in the ANC – who ven­er­ate and cel­e­brate what has hap­pened [there] as a model of ‘rad­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion’.

“These pow­er­ful lob­bies in the ANC and their fel­low trav­ellers in other par­ties, are propos­ing and adopt­ing poli­cies that threaten to take South Africa down a de­struc­tive path.”

He said Venezuela had al­ready en­forced three in­ter­re­lated poli­cies that had in­flicted huge dam­age to the coun­try: ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion, the na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of banks, mines and other in­dus­tries and in­sti­tu­tion­alised cor­rup­tion through nepo­tism and cadre de­ploy­ment. – Aladdin,

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