South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday that it was not the policy of the ruling African National Congress to nationalize the mining sector, as had been demanded by the head of the ANC’s youth league.
He also urged the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe, saying this was necessary if progress was to be made in resolving that country’s political crisis.
Speaking to News Agency at the start of a state visit to Britain, Zuma said: “If they could lift sanctions, that would give Zimbabwe an opportunity to move forward.”
He said it would be difficult for Zimbabwe to deal with outstanding obstacles to a political resolution while sanctions were still in place.
Asked about demands from ANC Youth League head Julius Malema that South Africa’s crucial mining sector should be taken into public ownership, he said: “We are not nationalizing, that is the policy of the ANC.”
Nationalization could be discussed, but the idea had not been introduced into the ANC’s policy-making process, he said.
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