United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean academic, Alex Magaisa believes South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) is making a huge blunder if it thinks it can assert some moral restraint upon ZANU PF on the grounds that the two parties are liberation comrades.
In his latest Big Saturday Read (BSR), Magaisa says ZANU PF is a bully and it will always use bullying as a defensive strategy designed to scare off the ANC.
For South Africa to make progress in its efforts to bring progressive reforms in Zimbabwe, it has to use its strengths which are in the economic arena. Writes Magaisa:
If South Africa wants to progress in its efforts, it must play to its strengths and those strengths are not in the political sphere.
In the political sphere, the ANC will be outwitted by ZANU PF which has lots of experience in playing the liberation card.
South Africa’s strengths are in the economic sphere. That is where Pretoria has leverage over Harare. This is the situation today as it was towards the end of colonial rule in Rhodesia.
The withdrawal of support by South Africa put the Smith regime under severe pressure, paving way for a settlement that led to independence in the 1980s.
The sooner South Africa learns to play to its strengths, the better. This liberation parties’ route will yield nothing because ZANU PF will always bully and blackmail the ANC.
South Africa’s recent efforts to mediate in Zimbabwe has hit a brick wall, with the ZANU PF government refusing to allow President Cyril Ramaphosa’s envoys and the ANC delegation to Harare to meet with other stakeholders.
ZANU PF has also hit out at outspoken ANC officials and told South Africa that Zimbabwe is not its province.