Zimbos blast government silence on SA mine disaster

via Zimbos blast government silence on SA mine disaster | The Zimbabwean 04.03.14

Zimbabweans here have lambasted their government’s failure to, in the least, show solidarity with them after a recent mine disaster.

At least 26 Zimbabweans died in an illegal search for gold in a disused mine in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, last week. The number is only for confirmed bodies of Zimbabweans who were removed during a week-long search.

There are also reports that scores of locals and other African immigrants from Lesotho and Mozambique were also killed in the mine.

While some opposition political parties and a Ndebele cultural group showed their solidarity by visiting the mine, where they helped some search teams, addressed people and gave humanitarian assistance, nothing came from the Zimbabwean embassy.

That caused the ire of Zimbabweans.

“For a caring government, this would have been declared a national disaster and families of those who perished would have been given state assistance, but our own government has shown that it does not care,” said Melusi Nkomo, who also lost a relative.

“That is what happens when you have an embassy representing a government that was not chosen by the people. It shows that all they care about is lining their pockets and nothing else. They are only there to represent Zanu (PF) interests and nothing else.”

Fanuel Ndlovu said he did not expect any Zanu (PF) visit to the disaster site.

“We have a Zimbabwean embassy here and Zanu (PF) has its own offices in Johannesburg, but both those were conspicuous by both their silence and absence from the site,” said Ndlovu.

“To me, it was not surprising because the illegal regime knows that coming anywhere close to that angry group of mourners would have attracted people’s wrath. Those people lost their lives in that manner because of the economic disaster that Robert Mugabe and his people caused in our country and they know it themselves.”

The opposition Zapu party’s SA Province led the solidarity, which saw at least six of its members camp at the site, where they helped in the search and gave humanitarian assistance to families of the victims.

The party’s national Secretary General, Ralph Mguni, also asked party members to give financial assistance to the affected families. The party also fundraised for body bags, torches, batteries, food, water, gloves, nose masks and odour repellent sprays.

“Such disasters precede political party affiliation. We are Zimbabweans before we can be this or that political party and that calls for us to always stick together, especially when some of our own get trapped in such difficult situations,” said Zapu Youth Secretary for Mobilisation, Godknows Sibanda.

“That was a humanitarian crisis and we had to jump and do something. We do not have all the resources, but our promise is that we will always be there whenever we are needed by fellow Zimbabweans. An injury to one of us is an injury to all.”

Among the bodies recovered, the identified victims were said to be mostly from Gokwe, Kezi and Nkayi, where seven brothers from one family lost their lives in the disaster.

Paramedics said the miners could have died from toxic gases they used in their trade.

A Matabeleland cultural group, Inqama, also made a number of trips and contributed money towards the cause. Its leader, Albert Gumede, also pledged transport to repatriate the bodies for burial in Zimbabwe.



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    Roving Ambassador 8 years ago

    Zanu Is busy partying, and brewing more schemes to loot the nation

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    They are still drunk from partying. Birthday party and now Bona’s wedding! They are burying their heads in the sand wishing away problems faced by Zimbabweans.

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    Zanu is busy holding parties, birthday and wedding party. No national day of mourning, no flags to fly at half mast and no visit by embassy officials to site. Yet, the forex they sent back home is what’s proping up the dictatorship. Shame shame shame.

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    By their works you shall know them. Lina bakaMalandela lizintandane. Buthanani ngobuntandane benu. Kakho ongalizwela. Lelo yilo iqiniso. Vukani lizenzele. Umsebenzi eliwenzileyo uyancomeka noma kuzwisa ubuhlungu. Kuliqondile bakwethu. Kuthwaleni njengamadoda lamanina. Lingakhohlwa ukuthi ubuqhawe ngobenu busegazini. Qedisani umsebenzi omuhle eliwuqalisileyo. UNkulunkulu olamehlo indawo yonke uyabona.

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    Mukanya 8 years ago

    Its the welfare of ZPF first then Zimbos later on.

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    Pakukutu 8 years ago

    Our deepest condolences to those who lost their lives. Losing one family member is bad enough; losing seven is an unimaginable tragedy. The message has to be spread very firmly that Mugabe and ZANU PF are the country’s number one enemies and without regime change Zimbabwe is forever going to go backwards

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    gorongoza 8 years ago

    May their souls rest in peace. They toiled for better life for their families, risk life and limp, in dangerous territorries in the womb of earth…now they have come to rest with the Lord.

    Their country offered them no opportunity. If any, they faced tourcher at the hands of ZANU PF, 5 Brigade, Boarder Gezis, Zanu Republic police, Mugabe’s army etc. To die in another country because your own govt does not care about the livelihood of its people is really bad, but its even worse for a whole govt to ignore such tragedies for want of partying and ullulating in front a foolish 90 year old and appeasing chimudzimu chipenyu zvacho!

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    This is one of the most astonishing moments for the image of the Zimbabwe Government. The Israelis in th 70 travelled 6000 km to rescue hostages at Entebbe in Uganda. They done it at the risk of losing more lives. This situation is a lot easier. Bring your dead home. Shame on you Zimbabwean Government.Shame on you. Two disasters in a month and you deafening silence. Khaya Moyo you have shown disrespect to your tribe. You have perverted your tribe.

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    Sometimes we can blame this Gvt of Zimbabwe but Life is not about who is who there is time for everyone to go Six ft down whether u like it or not and I am sure everyone has got his or her way to die,my condolences to all the families affected by this tragedy disaster,may their souls rest in peace

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    Angela Wigmore 8 years ago

    Appalling non-reaction from the so-called ”government”! But then, what do you expect? Bob and Bona are far more important than 12 million Zimbabweans! But remember ”the sins of the fathers…”, Bob! Retribution for your sins may visit your children – if so, I hope you are still alive to witness it!!