Irony of Mugabe’s xenophobia disgust

via Irony of Mugabe’s xenophobia disgust – NewZimbabwe 20 April 2015 by Nomazulu Thata

DOES Robert Mugabe still have his conscience to attack Zuma’s South African xenophobic incidences across the country? Has he forgotten the way he perpetrated genocide in Mathebeleland and Midlands leaving more than 20,000 people dead, brutally massacred. What about the killings of black and white farmers in 2,000, the Murambatsvina in 2005, the brutal elections of 2008 that left thousands killed and maimed?

Right now Itai Dzamara was abducted 4 weeks ago without trace. Jestina Mukoko and Beatrice Mtetwa were abducted and treated like criminals!  And just three days ago Sydney Chisi was selectively beaten to near-death during the anti-xenophobia at the South African embassy in Harare. He is fighting for his life, breathing with the assistance of a ventilator! That is Mugabe for you, at 91 years talking high morals to the world.

Pot, what are you telling the kettle? What high moral ground is this President assuming right now? Does he understand why there is xenophobia in South Africa in the first place? Does he know the number of Zimbabweans in South Africa looking for those jobs they cannot get in Zimbabwe? Why and how did they leave Zimbabwe? Does he know what it is like to cross the crocodile infested Limpopo River? He does not and he will never know.

There is xenophobia in South Africa because Zimbabwe is a completely failed state. Mugabe must be told that his administration is worse than that of Ian Smith. In fact he should pack and go because 99% of the citizens of this great country do not want him anymore. He knows this too and that’s the reason why he has to rig elections to overstay in power. Mugabe has remained in power because of cheating the electorate, rigged the elections because he knows he is no longer wanted. Who wants Robert Mugabe’s administration that has failed since 1980, we have to be forced to say its 35 independence so far so good, forced to say that.

The situation in the Mediterranean Sea needs the attention of the AU Chairperson, where is he? Where are the Presidents of the African continent? Those citizens perishing in the Mediterranean are coming from Africa, most of them, and the situation needs urgent attention from the African Union to solve the issues coming from the continent. They should ask simple questions why African citizens prefer to risk the deep seas of the Mediterranean than face hunger and uncertainties in their own countries of birth.

African Presidents should stop this exodus of their citizens by actually taking practical solutions that benefit the masses and not the few elite. As we speak right now European countries, their relevant ministries are meeting to discuss the drowning of migrants trying to reach the European shores. Why is such a meeting not taking place in Africa? Why is such a meeting not taking place in the SADC region? The head of these two bodies is Mugabe himself! Proust mahlzeit!

President Jacob Zuma made an attempt to visit migrant workers in their sheltered areas. He told them that those who want to go can go and they could come back if they so wished! Those words from a President are not convincing anyone, not even his body language was supporting those words. Some ministers and traditional leaders openly provoked xenophobia in South Africa. Zuma should tell his ministers and traditional leaders and citizens of South Africa that millions of South Africans where in exile for dozens of years and they were well looked after especially in Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique and many other countries to the north of them.

South Africans where resident almost in every country in Africa, and were given all the assistance they needed. They are the ones now chasing foreigners like animals and calling them lice, said the King of Zululand. Their treatment of other Africans should be kept in history diaries; we shall make references later; as they say, what goes around comes back with vengeance. History will easily remind them of the atrocities of hate speeches from a King, and a son of the President defending xenophobia in their land. Zuma himself married a Mozambican wife when he was in Mozambique. Has he forgotten?

South African should constantly be reminded about the sacrifices Zambia made towards the liberation of countries south of it. Zambia, with very little resources, shared what they had with Zapu, Zanu, Swapo and the ANC. The Zambians should be the ones much more disappointed than all other countries in Africa. In 1978 the brutal Ian Douglas Smith sent his Selous Scouts to go to Zambia and abduct Nkomo and bomb the freedom fighter camps. They bombed many Zapu places and Comrade Nkomo’s residence. So many people died in those savage acts.

President Kaunda came out coughing fire, and said he was going to assist all freedom fighters south of Zambia to the bitter end, and indeed he did that to the bitter end. President Kenneth Kaunda still lives today and I wonder what he thinks and feels when he sees how unthankful South Africans are to foreigners; what is he saying? What is President Nelson Mandela doing in his grave? He must be turning in his grave. The East German government assisted thousands of South African refugees by giving them the best education so that when their country became free they would economically liberate South Africa. In East Germany all foreigners were treated like first class citizens.

East Germans, as people who had seen two world wars, tried to give their best to other people who were in the same situation like them during those world wars. They empathized with foreigners including ANC freedom fighters and students. They respected and adored foreigners and they embraced the difference in cultures. What are they saying now when they see those very people, the very ANC party they gave so much assistance and so long, sending conflicting messages about xenophobia in their politically liberated South Africa? What about Tanzania, President Nyerere must be turning in his grave. What about Angola, what about Cuba? South Africa’s ANC and government are morally beholden of all these countries.

It takes generations to teach a nation about UBUNTU and this is what South Africa has lost.  It is the young generation meting those heinous crimes against humanity today. SADC ministries concerned should meet and map the way forward. President Zuma cannot stand alone without the assistance of the SADC countries whose citizens are being butchered to death by criminal cabals without a moral compass. Even if all foreigners left South Africa, they will find another reason to be at each other’s throats again, something will trigger another wave of violence again. Foreigners are not the root cause of their social problems; the causes lie deeper than the presence in their midst of human beings from the north of the Limpopo.


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    The Mind Boggles 6 years ago

    Powerful words, well written

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    jongwe 6 years ago

    well said indeed I was waiting for someone to point out mugarbages epocracy

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    Angela Wigmore 6 years ago

    A very enlightened and true comment.

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    kalulu 6 years ago

    Thisis an insightful article from someone who knows what she is talking about not the Charambas and Jonathan Moyos and other praise singers who only think through their mouths to please Mugabe. Well done Noma thisisa masterpiece.

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    Johann 6 years ago

    In the 19th Century Cecil Rhodes, along with the Portuguese, Belgians and Germans masterminded and created the current national boundaries that Mugabe and Co like to call their personal territories. These very leaders don’t realize what they are orchestrating when they preach hatred towards the old colonial masters. When they use populist propaganda to encourage the youth of today to break down what the colonizers put up they risk bringing back the tribal conflicts that plagued Africa before the colonizers arrived. All this while the Chinese take the opportunity of Chaos to extract as much resources as they can get.

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      Tsuro 6 years ago

      You are right it is now China scrambling for Africa to catch up in the development….as poor Africa continues to oppress and persecute its people who then risk and die trying to cross the Mediteranian(sp) Sea. Africa rich as it is fails to manage its resources and blame the whiteman.

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    gushaz 6 years ago

    hey you people what is bad is bad if mugabe did it before it doesnt mean is rigt your regime change agenda has got nothing to do with what is happening in sa what is bad is bad. get to your senses guys

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    mandevu 6 years ago

    talking about Pot, remember what they did to Pol Pot? It s coming to you Bob

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    VERY very well said.

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    Let us pick on the freedom fighters that went to war to liberate this country. They did a wonderful job. Actually no, those sons and daughters of the soil did an outstanding task – sterling work right there. By braving the backlash of the then Ian Smith regime, these gallant sons and daughters of the soil were able to fight and ensure that today you and me enjoy the freedoms of a non-white colonial rule.

    But is that all they wanted? The last time I checked it was also about liberation from pain, suffering, abuse, oppression, discriminatory laws and that human beings black and white live in a Zimbabwe that recognised, without fear or favour, that despite one’s colour of skin, gender, social class, political party, they are treated as humanly as possible. Well, that’s not all but a great part of it.

    So, 35 years later as we “consolidate unity, peace and economic sovereignty” , do we just clap blindly of what we see or we also need a qualitative evaluation of our realities?However as a nation, as a people, we all need to just get real and begin to make a difference by saying no to some of these unhealthy leadership patterns that see a beautiful nation like Zimbabwe with so much to offer yet operating below what we truly are.We need leaders whose colour of skin is not important compared to the quality of their leadership.

    We are already working with a borrowed system of governance that we took over and seem worse than the previous reality. It is like we simply changed the people and continue with the system and hardness towards humanity. Can we do better? Yes of course, there is always a moment of madness and then comes a moment of sanity that makes us realise the better and we act on that.Mugabe inherited a well run system which was an envy of Africa and beyond.. Transport system, legal system , health etc Unfortunately he loved power more than the well being of his people and destroyed everything. Our forests and wildlife and other beauties have now be destroyed all in the name of fixing a white man and the British, the British whom he now clandestinely seek their service in Singapore and Hong Kong. He is a disgrace.

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    Msizeni silwelani 6 years ago

    Inspiring. Cde Zuma has foregone the summit, Cde Kaunda has been hospitalised in Zambia following a spate of barbaric violence in S.A. Our very heartless own flies out possibly to chance a health check in Singapore under the guise of attending a meeting. It is disgusting he cannot delegate his luckily successor considering he is on his sunset politically and his health and memory is failing him due to age.

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    The debilitating and nauseating images of African rising against African are an indication of a primitive, barbaric and intolerant culture that we have allowed to muddle with the values and ethic of oneness and unity as Africans.
    The images and unfolding events in South Africa are a reincarnation and a reminder of the dreadful Rwandan genocide. Suffice to say, the same hate speech and un-sanctimonious demoniac vengeance is prevalent in the current xenophobic attacks.
    There is no morality behind these criminal acts, Self-styled leaders such as Jacob Zuma’s son have been at the forefront of these unwarranted attacks apparently orchestrated by a King Goodwill Zwelithini for reasons better known to themselves but might be attributed to personal ego’s and attention seeking. The monarchy is a primordial African establishment perpetuated by a desire to link the past practice and the future but albeit without any functional relevance in modern society and ways of governance, hence a little known bloodthirsty Zwelithini is quenching his thirst for significance through a relentless attack on foreign nationals, Zuma’s son on the other hand seeks a moment of glory amidst an unnecessary bloodbath. Meanwhile the world maintains a deafening silence and regional bodies such as the SDAC and AU have adopted the same stance. It is in the same vein that the world remained deaf and blind to the butchering in Rwanda.
    ‘Ours is essentially a tragic age, the cataclysm has happened and we are among the ruins we refuse to take it tragically, we go around the obstacles, we have to build little new habitats,’ we still have to live no matter how much prejudice and hate we live with. Our belief in the unity of Africa remains steadfast.
    • As Africa awakening we call upon a boycott of all South African goods
    and services, we also call upon the boycott of concerts and performances by South African musicians.
    • Africa Awakening also calls upon the arrest and trial of perpetrators
    of the blood-bath, the trial and arrest of those spreading hate speech and inciting violence and eradication of foreigners.
    • The African Union should convene an extra-ordinary summit on
    xenophobia and a diplomatic and if necessary a peacekeeping mission in South Africa, Sanctions against South Africa are also in place. The South African underclass murderers think they are accomplished, and hence have developed a built-in allergy to the presence of foreigners in their country and the South African government on the other hand has not taken concomitant measures to curb the attacks and possibly complicit by failing to bring to book the leaders such as Goodwill to book.
    • We also call upon the review of monarchy in Africa, its roles and
    We call upon conscientious Africans to boycott South African goods till the perpetrators are brought to book including the King. Africa Awakening is disheartened by this criminal, retrogressive, collaborate, deliberate and contemptuous behavior by fellow Africans. It is devastating that the same traditional leaders that we look up to for inspiration and the preservation of our cultural heritage and pride as Africans are perpetuating such inhumane, heinous and ignominious acts.
    What unites us as Africans is greater than what divides us. The values of sovereignty, ubuntu and our common and shared values and ethic as Africa cannot be simply dented by horrendous and impulsive acts of misplaced hatred and misdirected quasi-political agendas by African leaders.
    Samson Nxumalo, International Board Member (Africa Awakening Trust)

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    Politicians and nappies should be replaced much more frequently for the same reason.