The ANC is defending the party’s recent Zimbabwe visit. The party's international relations head says the trip by party officials on a SANDF aircraft achieved a lot. Lindiwe Zulu was participating in an online seminar on lessons the ANC can learn from post-colonial Zimbabwe. eNCA's Vuyo Mvoko was listening in. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - ANC international relations head Lindiwe Zulu has defended the party’s recent Zimbabwe junket.
She says the trip by party officials on a South African National Defence Force aircraft achieved a lot of what was intended.
Zulu was participating in an online seminar on lessons the ANC can learn from post-colonial Zimbabwe.
Zulu insists critics of the now infamous junket to Harare are wrong, both about how the trip was undertaken, and what it achieved.
The seminar’s leading participant, Ibbo Mandaza who is one of Zimbabwe’s foremost intellectuals was having none of it.
“Lindiwe exaggerates the role of former liberation movements, unnecessarily so," Mandaza said.
"Whether it’s a public relations stance, I don’t know. She must know, as we all know, that Zanu-PF is a heavily dented party. It is completely naïve and self-indulgent on the part of anybody, including herself, to think that Zanu-PF can turn around Zimbabwe’s fortunes.”
The ANC is yet to pay back the money for using the defence force aircraft as its private jet, as it has promised to do.
It has also still not arranged to meet any Zimbabwean political players other than Zanu-PF.