The Zimbabwean embassy in South Africa says it has taken note with “total disbelief” of the EFF’s remarks on the recent decision to compensate white farmers.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe, on Wednesday signed an agreement with white farmers to pay them US $ 3.5 billion in compensation after they were kicked off their land two decades ago, often by force.
The EFF said in response to the decision that Mnangagwa was either misinformed about the real cause of the crisis in Zimbabwe or had simply succumbed to the pressure of “white supremacy”.
According to the EFF, it was not the then Zimbabwean government, led by Pres. Robert Mugabe’s decision to occupy white farmers’ land, but rather the man on the street and the country’s war veterans who took back land belonging to them.
The party now accuses Mnangagwa of betraying the people of Zimbabwe by compensating white farmers. “Mnangagwa is not only urinating on the graves of the many heroic men and women who laid down their lives to take back Zimbabwean land, but is damaging Robert Mugabe’s legacy from which he violently seized power in an unprincipled coup.”
The EFF further describes the decision as a blow to the “idea of decolonization” and believes that Mnangagwa will be remembered as an ideological amoeba without the faintest idea who was prepared to give up the important contributions of the struggle so that white people of him will hold ”.
The EFF says the crisis in Zimbabwe was not due to the decision at the time to kick off white farmers from their farms, but rather a political crisis due to years of mismanagement partly due to Mnangagwa.
The Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria says that although it has previously refrained from responding to the EFF’s provocative remarks, it cannot now remain silent about the EFF’s claim to know more about the history and politics of Zimbabwe than Zimbabweans themselves.
“The signing of this compensation agreement is an important step in the unification of Zimbabweans in an effort to end a long outstanding, extremely emotional and divisive issue.