SA youth leader arrives in Harare

zanu_thugs_forcing_farmer_outHARARE South Africas ruling ANC party youth leader Julius Malema arrived in Harare on Friday on a visit to study President Robert Mugabe's efforts to nationalise and indigenise the economy. (Pictured: Zimbabwean War Veterans and Robert Mugab

Mugabe’s decade-long invasions of white-owned farms which the 86-year-old leader says were necessary to ensure blacks also had access to arable land that they were denied by previous white-led governments have been blamed for plunging Zimbabwe into food shortages.

Once a net food exporter Zimbabwe has avoided mass starvation over the past decade only because international relief agencies were quick to chip in with food handouts.

Malema, who has called for nationalisation of South African firms, was met at Harare International Airport by Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Absalom Sikhosana and Patrick Zhuwawo among other youth stalwarts from President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF party.

Addressing journalists at the airport Kasukuwere defended Malema’s calls for nationalisation of firms in South Africa.

“What Malema is saying is a question of equality, but it’s also a question of euphemism,” Kasukuwere said. “You cant say you have overthrown colonialism yet the resources are under the hands of the minority.”

Wearing a replica jersey of the South African national soccer side Bafana Bafana Malema did not speak to the media, but he could not resist joining mostly ZANU PF youths who were singing “Dubul ibhunu” (shoot the boer), the ANC youth leaders song that has stirred controversy in South Africa.

Malema who was escorted from the airport by a convoy of vehicles, was last night set to attend a dinner hosted by South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mlungisi Makhalima.

Malema will today address a rally at Stodart Hall in Harares Mbare suburb, tour the Heroes Acre before visiting platinum giant Zimplats on Sunday, and attending a luncheon at central bank governor Gideon Gonos farm.

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