Back in 2010 the EFF’s Julius Malema, at the time the ANC’s rising star, visited Zimbabwe, where he praised then president Robert Mugabe and assured him that the ANC would emulate the country’s policy of seizing land from white farmers without compensation. A month after that visit Malema and his ANC Youth League comrades visited Venezuela, where the nationalisation of the country’s mines was on the agenda. The country was in the full swing of Chavismo: nationalisation, social welfare and huge dollops of populism under then president Hugo Chávez. Malema and his delegation met the South American country’s vice-president, Elias Jaua. Malema’s sidekick, Floyd Shivambu, the delegation’s spokesman in Caracas, said the group planned meetings with Venezuela’s ministers of oil and mining. "The group will press the ANC to take a formal position in favour of nationalisation of minerals," he said. He also said nationalisation of banks would be studied. Malema and Shivambu didn’t last long in t...

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