Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe allegedly told firebrand South African opposition leader, Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), to waste no time and seize land in South Africa, nationalise her economy and allocate controlling equity shareholding, to disadvantaged blacks, as soon as he comes to power, The Telescope News, brings to light today.
South Africa is Africa's most advanced and richest economy, and a key trading and political ally of Zimbabwe. There is anxiety in Pretoria, that Malema, is likely to unleash Mugabe-style farm invasions and usurp foreign owned mines and companies, in line with a more hawkish empowerment drive for the locals, as reportedly advised by the Zanu PF strongman.
The new revelations in the form of a fact sheet of minutes, disclosed by a Zanu PF Youth leader, who attended with Malema most of the meetings held with the authorities in Harare in 2010, including a one hour closed door discussion with Mugabe, resonate with Malema's EFF manifesto, which claims to shun capitalism while proposing to expropriate “stolen land”, nationalise the mining and banking sectors.
The Telescope News, revealed last week without naming Mugabe in a report that, Zanu PF and government backers of Mugabe's controversial land reform, were pushing Malema behind the scenes, to implement a Zimbabwe-like land revolution in South Africa, in what many see as spelling doom for the rainbow nation, should the former African National Congress (ANC) Youth leader, sweep to power.
There are also claims by our media contacts in South Africa, with inside knowledge of the ANC, that Malema's expulsion from the liberation movement, was part in fear of his links to Mugabe, and intelligence leaks of meetings he held during his Zimbabwe tour had allegedly been presented to the presidency, therefore causing a bitter relationship between Malema, the ANC, and President Jacob Zuma, who not long ago was an ally of Malema before their fall-out.
Mugabe, apparently appearing to motivate Malema, has criticised black South Africa's founding republic president, Nelson Mandela, for being too saintly with white South Africans thus causing the suffering of blacks, in that country, a comment made in May 2013 during a two-and-a-half hour documentary interview, with Dali Tambo, the son of anti-apartheid hero Oliver Tambo, which has been dismissed as racist and retrogressive for South Africa.
“Malema had an hour long meeting with Mugabe, during which he shared with him the history of Zanu PF, and the party's struggle to wrestle back white-owned commercial farms into the hands of black peasants,” said the party youth leader who has since won a parliamentary seat. “Although speaking in jest, Mugabe told Malema to do like wise across the Limpopo, and that no time should be wasted on the matter, as the anger by black South Africans over land and mineral resources ownership could become uncontrollable, if not addressed with urgency and wisdom, such that the economy and agriculture will not run into chaos.”
The Zanu PF cadre, said Malema did less talking and was taking down some notes all the time, and asked very few questions.
Malema then held another general meeting with former indigenisation minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, before attending a Zanu PF rally in Harare's Mbare township.
Kasukuwere could not be reached for comment last night, as all his mobile numbers went unanswered.
“The talks with Kasukuwere were very fruitful, as he wanted Malema's input on the country's indigenisation policy, based on his experiences in South Africa under their Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) programme. Kasukuwere also implored Malema to think about nationalising precious minerals such as gold and platinum, while establishing community trusts funded by mining companies to benefit, and empower communities across the country in areas the mining firms are operating.”
Mining plays a pivotal role in Pretoria's economy, and has contributed to the establishment of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The Southern African nation, is the world's largest producer of chrome, manganese, platinum, vanadium, and vermiculite. It is also the world's second largest producer of ilmenite, palladium, rutile, and zirconium.
Economic experts warns that any future economic policy adjustments in that country, must be broad-based and viable, so as to not tamper with the more than one million people's jobs in mining related employment, as South Africa is home to two of the world's 10 largest gold mines.
Covering 1.2 million square kilometres of land, South Africa is one-eighth the size of the United States, and has a dual agricultural economy, characterised by merchanised commercial farming and more subsistence-based production in the deep rural areas. Again observers, have advised caution and an avoidance of Zimbabwe's land reform model, to avoid the decimation of food production and to protect the over 630 000 farming jobs associated with farming.