- Former president Jacob Zuma has called for land, banks, mines and industry to be nationalised in order to liberate black people from poverty
- The former president was addressing students in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday
- Zuma’s latest statement on the issue is in stark contrast to when he was president when he empathically rejected the notion of nationalisation
Former president Jacob Zuma has broken ranks with the African National Congress (ANC) by openly calling for land, banks, mines and even industry to be nationalised in an effort to liberate the black majority from poverty and economic hardship.
Zuma’s statement on the issue stands in stark contrast to his position on nationalisation while he served as president. While in office Zuma made it patently clear that neither he nor the ANC supported nationalisation.
Zuma was addressing students at the Walter Sisulu University Mthatha Campus in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday. The former president spoke about what he believed needed to be done to lift black South Africans out of poverty.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the hall in which Zuma spoke was packed to capacity which indicates just how popular he remains in certain quarters of the population. Zuma also addressed education in the country.
Zuma said land reform was long overdue in the country and said giving the land back to its rightful black owners would help to lift them out of poverty. He added that the only way for black people to consider themselves truly liberated was by giving their land back.
Citizen.co.za reported that Zuma decried the current state of education in the country and blamed the challenges faced in education on long-standing institutionalised racism.
Zuma said one of the most important decisions of his presidency was to implement free tertiary education for the poor. EWN.co.za reported that Zuma said he would never regret announcing the policy last December.
Zuma told students that state capture was a myth and that no part of the three branches of government had been captured by anyone. Zuma said his opinion was that state capture was little more than a political tool aimed.
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