By Richard Chidza
HARARE – President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF and some secret service agents have been fingered by South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) in a sinister plot to derail that country’s economy by fanning mines unrest.
The Daily News reported on Monday that the former ruling party is on a $100 million mission to weaken perceived opponents through a raft of dirty strategies including sting operations.
The latest allegations emerged following an ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Midrand, Gauteng at the weekend where tougher action was called against the mayhem, which has resulted in the death of nearly 50 people, including two policemen.
This also comes amid strong suspicions that Zanu PF is funding the activities of expelled former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, accused of sowing seeds of discontent among SA’s poor — in a futile bid to derail Zuma’s re-election and his mediation efforts to the Zimbabwean crisis.
An ANC, NEC member, who spoke to the Daily News on condition of anonymity yesterday, said tension was once again rising between his party and Zanu PF.
“Our information is that Zanu PF continues to bite the hand that feeds it. We learnt at the meeting that some rogue state agents are deeply involved in the unrest that is afflicting our mines.
“This is coming on top of the well-known fact that Zanu PF continues to support and fund Malema, including his subversive endeavours to try and destabilise our party, ostensibly using illicit diamond funds,” he said.
“…apart from wanting to derail Zuma’s fair-handed mediation work in Zimbabwe’s messed-up politics, the agents’ covert operations also have an economic underpinning,” they added.
“Under this devious scheme, some twisted and corrupt Zanu PF leaders are hoping that South African mining investors, particularly those invested in platinum, will ditch the country and run to Zimbabwe where they will cut deals with these murderous and corrupt politicians to exploit that country’s vast mineral deposits.”
The meeting was attended by party heavyweights including Zuma, his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and party chairperson Baleka Mbete. However, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo on Wednesday laughed off the allegations saying the two parties are siblings.
“The ANC and Zanu PF are members of the same family. Our secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and Gwede Mantashe… meet regularly to exchange notes on several issues and the relationship between us is very good,” he said.
“Are we (Zanu PF) that powerful to do such a thing? We dismiss such reports with the contempt they deserve. Let us not play the blame game we have no connection to what is happening in Marikana or in any way linked to Malema,” he said.
At the weekend meeting, ANC insiders say, it was also resolved that Zuma’s government must adopt a no-nonsense approach to the widespread unrest, which has ground most big mining operations in SA over the past month.
The indaba also resolved to tackle troublemakers such as Malema with a possibility of charging them with incitement of violence since he has been moving from one trouble spot to the other urging strikers to up their illegal protests.
So angry were some ANC leaders that some of them were calling for tough action against Zanu PF and its leaders.
“Many comrades have not been happy with Zanu PF’s attitude towards us for a long time now, and they are even angrier now that this latest information is coming to light. I mean, what more does SA and the ANC need to do to show that we are good neighbours who mean well? Must we really continue to allow them (Zanu PF) to abuse our generosity just because we are both parties of liberation? No man,” he said.
“This is the reason why some of these comrades are saying enough is enough and that it’s time we took some serious and decisive action, if only to teach these spoilt brats a lesson, because we can do that.”
“Remember, people were also advised at the NEC meeting about how some Zanu PF goons have been routinely abusing President Zuma and his emissaries during the current mediation effort. Honestly, enough is enough,” they added.
The NEC member would not say what kind of action the ANC would take against Zanu PF in retaliation — choosing to say only that “they (Zanu PF) will soon see it if their nonsense continues”. Daily News
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