South Africans are backward, says Scott
02 May 2013, 13:36
Cape Town – Zambian Vice President Guy Scott has said that South
Africa is backward in terms of historical development, despite the country being Africa's biggest economy, according to a report.
The Guardian reported on Wednesday that the 68-year-old grandfather,
who is also an MP for Lusaka, said SA was the cause of so much trouble
on the African continent.
"The South Africans are very backward in terms of historical
development," he said. "I hate South Africans. That's not a fair
thing to say because I like a lot of South Africans but they really think
they're the bees' knees and actually they've been the cause of so much trouble
in this part of the world.
"I have a suspicion the blacks model themselves on the
whites now that they're in power. 'Don't you know who we are, man?'"
Scott also scoffed at the inclusion of SA in the Brics
grouping of emerging economies.
"They think in Brics that the 's' actually stands for
South Africa whereas it stands for Africa. Nobody would want to go in for a
partnership with Brazil, China, India and South Africa for Christ's sake.
"I dislike South Africa for the same reason that Latin
Americans dislike the United States, I think. It's just too big and too
Zimbabwean president Mugabe
Warming to his theme, Scott let rip at SA President Jacob
Zuma, comparing him with the last apartheid leader, FW de Klerk. "He's
very like De Klerk. 'You just leave Zimbabwe to me.' Excuse me,
who the hell liberated you anyway, was it not us? I mean, I quite like him, he
seems a rather genial character but I pity him and his advisers."
Scott became vice-president in 2011 but his presence baffles
some African leaders at high-level meetings. "I think they regard me as a
sort of mascot, a good luck charm for African politics.
He also had something to say about Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe who has remained in power for 33 years: "I think if you asked him he'd say it was
enough. That's what he said to us a few months ago. I said the way forward in
African democracy is the way we do it in Zambia. He said, 'I absolutely agree,
I wish it would happen to me.'"
Scott went on to describe 89-year-old Mugabe's persona.
"He's a funny chap. He seems to doze off and then he suddenly laughs at a
joke while in the middle of dozing. And very articulate, without a note,
without a scrap of anything.
"He's an anglophone. He loves to give lectures on the
English language, English weighing systems, English this or that. He was a
teacher and so he taught himself all that."
Zambian president Michael Sata – whom Scott refers to as
"the boss" – is known to be on friendly terms with Mugabe, who used
to work as a teacher in Zambia. "I'm sure any good African nationalist admires
Mugabe," Scott added.