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FT.com / World - Mbeki policies on economy `disastrous'

The South African government's free market economic policies have been "disastrous" for the country under President Thabo Mbeki's rule, the head of South Africa's most powerful union movement and a close ally of presidential contender Jacob Zuma, said on Wednesday.

Zwelinzima Vavi, the general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Cosatu, accused Mr Mbeki's government of having lost sight of the concerns of the poor and unemployed during his eight years in power.

"If the world belonged to me, everything stops now," he told the Financial Times, adding that new policies should be the result of a broad, national debate.

Business people will seize on his comments, as Mr Vavi has been a force behind Mr Zuma's increasingly confident campaign to replace Mr Mbeki as the ANC leader at the party's five-yearly elections starting this weekend.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 01:45:50 AM EST
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