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I’d love to be proved wrong, but I’m certain that the ANC’s deep historic links with Zambia during the struggle years have everything to do with Zambian police preventing DA Leader Mmusi Maimane from entering the country yesterday. Here’s what I know. Jacob Zuma was the liberation movements’ intelligence chief. Thabo Mbeki, Pallo Jordan and much of the leadership-in-exile, spent years in Lusaka where South African journalists, including myself, used to regularly phone them for comment on the NP government’s latest moves. Just about every schlenter of Zuma’s bid to consolidate power and side-step prosecution since he’s been president is informed by the astute use of the skill-set he acquired in exile. Regional intelligence sharing is an accepted practice, but in this case, it’s abusive and instant because of the history, and the Zambian government (or its spooks, the two not always working together), have shown their true colours. History counts, and when one pesky opposition leader supports another (read below), hell’s teeth, stopping them via the courts or from physically entering the country, is a no-brainer. – Chris Bateman
By Amanda Khoza, News24
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