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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 unsubtle."

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.

- News24


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