15 October 2018

South Africa: Opposition MPs Warn South Africa Not to Follow the Example of the Chavistas

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They fear land expropriation without compensation could open the door to fatal Venezuela-style left wing populism.

Venezuelan opposition politicians have visited South Africa to deliver a warning to this country not to emulate the "left-wing populism" of their government which they say has destroyed their oil-rich country over the last two decades.

They believe the ANC 's strong friendship with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government is blinding it to the reality that it is bad governance and not US meddling which has crippled what used to be the richest economy in Latin America and has impoverished most of its people.

Miguel Pizarro, 30 and Jose Manuel Olivares Marquina, 33, are members of parliament for the Primero Justicia party. Pizarro is president of the Commission for Social Development in the National Assembly. One of the youngest MPs, and one of the most articulate, he is considered very influential in Venezuelan politics.

Olivaries, a medical doctor is a member of the same Commission for Social Development,...

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