Mugabe in plot to unseat Zuma

HARARE – President Robert Mugabe’s party Zanu PF and the country’s State spy agents are heavily stuck-in a bid to influence South Africa’s ANC leadership contest amid reports of alleged heavy funding of ANC Youth League skulduggeries and political activities in a plot to unseat South African President Jacob Zuma, The Zimbabwe Mail can reveal.

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In recent months, President Mugabe has intensified his fight against an emerging consensus among SADC leaders for him to go, and certainly there appears to be no love lost with his South African counterpart who has stood firm.

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A source in the Zimbabwean intelligence services privy to what is now billed as the long-term solution has told our reporter that a deal to unseat Jacob Zuma was allegedly struck in Harare when Malema visited Zimbabwe last year and went back to South Africa a changed man, championing anti-Jacob Zuma crusade and cranked up on farm invasions and nationalisation of mines.

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 Malema is also alleged to be receiving high level important strategic political advice from the long serving Zimbabwean leader and Mugabe is alleged to be the influence behind Malema’s to visit Venezuelan where he met President Hugo Chavez.

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We cal also reveal that Mugabe and his spy agents  have allegedly met with Julius Malema in Bulawayo where a plot to unseat Jacob Zuma was high on the agenda.

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It is alleged that on numerous occasions, Zimbabwean intelligence officials have held meetings with the ANC Youth league firebrand at his rural home in the Limpopo Province.

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Also revealed is the information that the alleged plot to unseat Zuma has intensified in recent months on the back of the South African government’s backing of the United Nations  resolution 1973, authorising the use of force on Libyan leader Colonel Mammaur Gadhaffi.

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The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader has criticised President Jacob Zuma’s handling of Libya.

According to a South African newspaper report, Malema singled out Zuma’s decision to support the United Nations resolution to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya.

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Mugabe has launched a scathing attack on the Western countries that intervened militarily in Libya, castigating them as “vampires” who sought to kill Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi and control the country’s oil.

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Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League will elect new leadership between June 16 and 20 in Midrand and Julius Malema is likely to sail through.

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The league under Malema said they would not back Zuma for a second term as ANC president and wanted the party’s secretary general Gwede Mantashe replaced by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

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The ANC last Sunday issued a statement saying the ANCYL conference “has nothing to do with the ANC leadership which includes President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.”

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The party said the league conference had “absolutely no bearing and is no precursor to the ANC elective conference in 2012”.

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We can reveal that some of the ANC Youth League’s activities are also being heavily financed with Diamonds from Zimbabwe and Zanu PF leaders are engaged in the high level conspiracy to influence South African ANC leadership succession plan.

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On his visit to Zimbabwe last year, the ANC Youth League President Julius endorsed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s economic policies – and threatened to import them to South Africa and to nationalise white-owned farms and mines.

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In a fiery speech at a netball complex in Harare’s Mbare Township, Malema told a cheering 2000-strong crowd of Zanu-PF youths that, after his visit to Zimbabwe he was going to intensify his campaign for the confiscation of farms and mines in South Africa.

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“In SA we are just starting. Here in Zimbabwe you are already very far. The land question has been addressed. We are very happy that today you can account for more than 300 000 new farmers against the 4000 who used to dominate agriculture. We hear you are now going straight to the mines. That’s what we are going to be doing in South Africa,” Malema said amid cheers.

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“We want the mines. They have been exploiting our minerals for a long time. Now it’s our turn to also enjoy from these minerals. They are so bright, they are colourful, we refer to them as white people, maybe their colour came as a result of exploiting our minerals and perhaps if some of us can get opportunities in these minerals we can develop some nice colour like them.”

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This week, in what many believe was a deliberate swipe at President Jacob Zuma, ANC Youth League firebrand Julius Malema heaped praise on former president Thabo Mbeki and sources said all his actions are being manipulated by Zimbabwean authorities.

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Delivering the keynote speech at a meeting of the league’s Limpopo provincial general council, at the Jack Botes Hall, in Polokwane, Malema said Mbeki was the “best” leader produced by the ANC.

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Malema had previously said of Mbeki: ”We don’t want this man; he has become a dictator” but yesterday he praised the former president, saying he was “the most educated and clever” ANC member.

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“Mbeki is the best leader the ANC has ever produced. There are those who hated him with a passion but forgot that Mbeki, during his leadership, had produced a two-thirds majority during elections. Those who hate Mbeki are jealous of his achievements. He was the most educated and clever.

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“The only problem with Mbeki was failing to allow the leadership of the ANC to decide on who they wanted in the leadership, and for wanting a third term in leading the organisation. Apart from that, he was the best and I respect him for that,” he said.

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 Malema occupies a notably controversial position in South African public and political life; having risen to prominence with his support for African National Congress president, and later President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

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He has been described by both Zuma and as the “future leader” of South Africa before the pair fell out.

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Less favourable portraits paint him as a “reckless populist” with the potential to destabilise South Africa and to spark racial conflict.

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He was convicted of hate speech in March 2010.

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In 2 April 2010, Malema visited Zimbabwe, in what was described as a visit on indigenisation.

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Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwean Prime Minister, condemned Malema’s visit, after he criticised his party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). During the visit, he described Tsvangirai as an ally of “imperialists”, and called for the Zimbabwe-style seizure of mines and farms in South Africa

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On 18 April 2010, Malema faced disciplinary procedures by the ANC for bringing it and the government into disrepute. The charges related to his endorsement of Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party during his visit to Zimbabwe, when President Jacob Zuma was trying to broker a negotiated settlement in the country, a controversial incident involving a BBC journalist, his comments on the murder of Eugène Terre’Blanche, and unfavorably comparing Zuma to his predecessor Thabo Mbeki, after Zuma called a press conference reprimanding Malema. Julius Malema faced a “hostile” disciplinary committee on 3 May 2010.

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On 11 May 2010, Malema entered into a plea bargain, and three of the charges against him were dropped (the attack on the BBC journalist, his endorsement of Mugabe, and his singing of “shoot the Boer” after it was banned).

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He pleaded guilty to criticising Zuma after Zuma publicly censured him, and was ordered by the disciplinary committee to make a public apology for his conduct, fined R10 000 to be donated to a youth development project, and to attend anger management classes.

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He was also warned of suspension from the ANC if he re-offended within two years. Malema complied, apologising “unconditionally”, stating that he accepted that his “conduct and public utterances should at all times reflect respect and restraint”.

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Malema has not forgiven South African President Jacob Zuma for his disciplinary woes and the Zimbabwean leader President Robert Mugabe, a master of divisive tactics has seized on that fractured relationship between the ANC leadership and its Youth wing.

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It is therefore not a surprise that President Mugabe and his party Zanu PF are now heavily involved in the ANC leadership proceedings with a view to unseat Jacob Zuma.