- The EFF has slammed former president Thabo Mbeki’s criticism of the approach taken to land reform in South Africa
- The EFF’s national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi accused Mbeki of defending white minority rule
- Ndlozi said Mbeki had not spoken out against the Marikana massacre, Life Esidimeni or any other issues but was willing to write an essay about land reform
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has slammed the leaked memo in which former president Thabo Mbeki criticises the ANC’s approach to the land reform process in South Africa. The EFF’s national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi accused Mbeki of defending white minority rule.
Ndlozi questioned Mbeki’s motive for speaking out against land reform in a 300-page document when he had remained quiet on issues such as the Marikana massacre and Life Esidimeni scandal.
Ndlozi said Mbeki had jumped to the aid of white land domination because it had become clear that black people were uniting behind the land ownership issue for the first time in the history of South Africa.
Briefly.co.za gathered that a leaked memo from the Thabo Mbeki foundation which criticises the ANC’s approach to land reform appears to have been written by Mbeki himself.
The document has caused a stir within the South African political scene and has been criticised by numerous ANC veterans such as Pallo Jordan and even the ANC’s political alliance partners the South African Communist Party (SACP).
IOL.co.za reported that Ndlozi said the EFF would never demand that white people are forced to leave the country but that did not mean the party would change its approach to land reform.
The ANC has not officially commented on the leaked document which accuses the current party leadership of abandoning its founding principle of non-racism which was adopted as part of the Freedom Charter.
The memo which has been verified as being authentic lays the blame for the ANC’s current racist state squarely at the feet of former president Jacob Zuma who said the ANC was a black party.
The author of the memo which is believed to be Mbeki makes it clear that he agrees with the need for land reforms to be enacted in the country but points out that the manner in which the debate is being framed is dividing the country instead of uniting the people.
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