“Land thieves” is a popular phrase in South Africa, there has been much public debate about SA land reform agenda, and the Fighters (EFF) will always seize every chance they get to ask for the expropriation of land without compensation for equitable redistribution.
The Pro-Zumas are claiming that the agitations for President Zuma to step down are inspired by his call for land expropriation without compensation. The land question is clearly a big issue for Mzansi.
And, any SA politician desiring to score major political point among the majority must talk about returning stolen land.
All the talks about SA land reform agenda attracted a Zimbabwean cabinet minister, Walter Mzembi. Reports have it that the Zimbabwean minister of tourism has warned South Africa against copying what Mugabe did about the land issue in Zimbabwe.
It’s widely held that Robert Mugabe’s land reform programs ruined the commercial farming sector in Zimbabwe and started the economic apocalypse plaguing the country.
According to records, Mugabe’s land reform programs retrogressed Zimbabwe from being the breadbasket of Africa to a net importer of food products.
Contributing to the SA land reform debate, the Zimbabwean minister said:
“Do not carbon copy our revolution, evolve your own model. Land was the bedrock of our struggle. It is a less emotive issue (in South Africa) than in Zimbabwe.
“I get the sense that our neighbours are a little bit more business driven. Black business economic empowerment has been more important and more successful…
“There could be more pressure (for land reform in South Africa) maybe from Malema. But, we copied Marxism for so long in Africa with dire consequences.
“We were left with something that didn’t work at all. (Soviet president Mikhail) Gorbachev abandoned it and we were left like this. It’s always better to have a homegrown solution,” Walter Mzembi told Financial Times in Bangkok.