ANC to engage Mbeki and Zuma over land reform, state capture comments

ANC to engage Mbeki and Zuma over land reform, state capture comments

- The ANC will speak with its former president’s Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma about their public comments about land reform and state capture

- ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said the statements by Mbeki and Zuma were important but contradicted the ANC’s official policy

- Mbeki has criticised the manner in which the ANC is approaching land reform while Zuma said state capture did not exist

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The African National Congress (ANC) has resolved to speak to and engage with its former president’s Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma about their respective comments over land reform and state capture. This follows a NEC meeting which took place over the weekend.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) resolved to meet with Mbeki and Zuma over their comments. Magashule said while the comments by Mbeki and Zuma were important they contradicted the party’s official policies.

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Magashule said the ANC NEC adopted its current policies on land reform which includes the possible expropriation of land without compensation and supporting the commission of inquiry into state capture during its National Elective Conference in December. gathered that Magashule said the ANC remained committed to both policies and would continue to engage with its former leaders about their contradictory comments which had the potential to confuse and muddy both topics. reported that a leaked memo allegedly written by Mbeki criticising the ANC’s approach to land reform has drawn widespread criticism from within the ANC and other supporters of the policy.

The memo slammed the ANC’s approach to land reform as abandoning the party’s founding principle of non-racialism and accused the ANC of using land reform as a political tool to gain popular support ahead of the 2019 general election.

Mbeki said the ANC risked abandoning its core values by threatening to take only land from white-owners to give to black people. The memo states this would be a clear contradiction of the Freedom Charter which declares South Africa belongs to everyone regardless of their race.

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The ANC took a grim view of Zuma’s comments about the existence of state capture. The former president told a group of students in Mthatha that state capture was nothing more than a political expression.

Zuma insisted that none of the three branches of government had been captured. His comments come despite Zuma himself ordering the Judicial Inquiry into State Capture.

Zuma has also thus far not appeared at the commission of inquiry but has maintained he wants to take part in proceedings provided he can make an important contribution to the investigation. Zuma has declined to cross-examine any of the witnesses who have appeared at the commission.

The ANC did not mention details such as who, when and where officials from the party would meet with Mbeki and Zuma to discuss the matter or how it planned to keep the former leaders in line.

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