- A leaked memo from the Thabo Mbeki foundation reveals that the former president is strongly opposed to the ANC’s current land reform policy
- The 30-page document slams the ruling party for abandoning its non-racial principles which are meant to be entrenched in the Freedom Charter
- The author of the document has not been identified but experts agree it seems to be written in the tone and style of Mbeki himself
A leaked memo from the Thabo Mbeki foundation reveals that the former president is strongly opposed to the ANC’s current land reform policy. The 30-page document slams the African National Congress for abandoning its founding non-racial principles which are meant to be entrenched in the Freedom Charter.
The document has been verified as legitimate, although its author’s identity remains a mystery. Experts agree that the memo’s tone and style bears a striking resemblance to the writing style of Mbeki himself.
The memo slams the current ANC leadership for endangering what the author calls the “noble and ideological” position which the party has upheld in the more than 105 years since its establishment.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the author is particularly upset by the political narrative which makes it appear as if the ANC is in favour of taking land away from white people in order to give that land to black people.
Dailymaverick.co.za reported that the author finds the narrative a slap in the face of the Freedom Charter which entrenched non-racialism as a founding principle of the ANC. The Freedom Charter specifically states that South Africa should belong to all those who live in the country regardless of the colour of their skin.
The Mbeki Foundation has not commented on the memo which appears to have been written for internal debate and was never mean to be published in public.
The Foundation has previously stated that it acknowledged the state’s right to expropriate land without compensation and it also affirms the “original sin” which was committed when the apartheid regime disposed large numbers of black people from their land.
The memo makes it clear that the Mbeki foundation supports land reform but seems to be objecting to the manner in which the ongoing debate is being framed by the ANC.
The author further demands that the ANC should rescind its statement that land expropriation was aimed at correcting the historical wrongs committed against black people by white European settlers and thereby punishing the descendants of those settlers.
The memo makes it clear that the South African land debate is unique among African countries because of the size of the white population. The author said South Africa is unique because millions of white people remained in the country after it was liberated from colonial and later apartheid rule.
The memo goes on to note that the founding members of the ANC were careful to include white people in resolving what is called the "National Question.”
Former president Jacob Zuma is personally named and blamed by the author for the apparent racial shift in the policies of the ANC. The author points to Zuma’s speech in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in March 2017 when he said the ANC was a black party.
The memo states Zuma fundamentally changed what the ANC stood for and how it conducted its historic mission.
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