Mugabe's men seeking to curry favour with ANC leaders

Below is an article from our Affirmative Action Media Monitoring Project. These articles represent a wide variety of views. These views do not necessarily represent the views of AAPF but instead are intended to provide you with an overview of the current affirmative action debate.

April 27, 2011

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s black empowerment advocacy group the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) is dispatching a delegation to South Africa on Friday to offer solidarity to embattled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema (Pictured).
Human rights group AfriForum took Malema to the Equality Court, contending that his singing the struggle song “Kill the Boer” constitutes hate speech. Malema in turn accused the group of wanting the “limelight”. The AAG – aligned to President Mugabe’s Zanu PF – said it was offering solidarity to Malema as an honorary member of the AAG. He became an honorary member of the group last year after his visit to Zimbabwe where he was hosterd by President Mugabe and was given an extravagant reception by Zanu PF.

The AAG is dispatching its president, Supa Mandiwanzira, and the secretary general, Tafadzwa Musarara. “We are leaving for South Africa on Friday,” Musarara said. “The delegation will be comprised of myself as secretary-general and the president, Supa Mandiwanzira.”
A solidarity letter says: “On behalf of the Affirmative Action Group, the vanguard of broad-based black economic empowerment in Zimbabwe, I would like to categorically state that, as our honorary member, the group is fully behind you during and after your court trial proceedings. Our entire membership is disturbed and extremely infuriated by the goings- on at the Equality Court.”

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