Mugabe is dying to see Zuma go

Posted: December 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

To some South Africans still smarting from the ghost of apartheid, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is a hero that deserves to be worshiped with praises for the role he played in the liberation of his country and South Africa itself. They see the ZANU-PF leader a liberator of the long oppressed black people and a leader of a new African Renaissance. But it would appear Mugabe has low regard of his neighbors Northern of the Limpopo River.

Mugabe’s behavior since Nelson Mandela’s release from Prison suggests that the ZANU-PF strongman is not necessarily a friend of South Africa, like what most South Africans will want us to believe, particularly the ANC former youth league leader, Julius Malema and his hangers-on. For them, Mugabe is seen as a boost in their fight against their President Jacob Zuma whom they accuse of neglecting the poor. Mugabe’s land issue and the recent charade of economic empowerment through indigenization seem to resonate well with ordinary suffering South Africans who are made to believe that their ills of social sufferings are a result of white ownership of land and companies in South Africa. They see their government as not doing enough to limit the white power that they blame for poor

Taking advise on how to deal with Zuma?

Taking advise on how to deal with Zuma?

salaries in the mining and agricultural sectors as evidenced by the recent killings in Marikana platinum mines and wild cat strikes in the Western Cape wine industry. Ignoring evidence that problems could be a result of economic mismanagement, Malema and his band of opportunists have decided to take a leaf off Mugabe’s ZANU-PF, whom they see as a living champion of economic freedom and emancipation. What they forget is that Mugabe looks at the fall of South Africa as the rise of his controversial dictatorial behaviour in Zimbabwe.

Mandela and Mugabe

Prior to Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, Mugabe was at the epitome of Western praise where he was seen as the light of Africa: one that set out to spearhead ideals of Western-Africa unification. But Mandela stole the limelight when he sought, at his release, to abolish hate and reprisals against a former brutal structure when he spearheaded the theme “South Africa belongs to all who live in it”. This theme and deeds from Mandela’s government overtook Mugabe’s reality where he simply lost first class recognition from the west that now saw opportunity and great profits in a new South Africa under Mandela.

Taking advantage

Mugabe’s anger against the West suffered heavy blows under Mandela until he got a new opportunity under the leadership of President Thabo Mbeki. Through his manipulative strategies of exporting the blame for Zimbabwe’s well-being to the West, Mugabe saw Mbeki as an ally who came out in favour of African solutions where Mugabe was a master and elder states man. While Mbeki’s personal feel was not based on a total support for Mugabe, his outlook meant that he was to stand in defence of African Renaissance, something that Mugabe and other dictators stood upon to elevate their fight against criticism from the West. The Mbeki language which sounded to be on Zimbabwe’s side as far as criticisms against Mugabe came, gave a boost to Mugabe who rode and capitalised on this sense to defend Africa while he and others were actually engaging on a direct onslaught against their citizens.

A new South Africa

In Mugabe’s eyes, a new South Africa emerged when Jacob Zuma took over the reigns as leader in South Africa. Like COSATU, during Mbeki’s rule, Zuma had taken a firm stand against human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. His presidency prescribed a nightmare for Mugabe as Zuma has been seen to demand fairness between Zimbabwe’s coalition government partners. Mbeki to this day is seen as very sympathetic to Mugabe and ZANU-PF that has no qualms in persecuting its own citizens as well as looting the country’s mineral resources. But Zuma’s mediation in Zimbabwe has demanded accountability to commitments made in the Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement where most of the times, Mugabe’s ZANU PF has been found wanting. In his reporting to SADC as the mediator in the Zimbabwe crisis, Zuma has played by the prescribed rules in a more direct manner where support for Mugabe has been questioned by the rest of SADC who now see every GPA partner as equal without necessarily referring to struggle credentials which seemed to be the bias under Mbeki’s mediation.

Happy for Zuma to go

Mugabe’s supporters have always criticised Zuma’s mediation, notable Mugabe’s information Goebbels, Jonathan Moyo who constantly attacks Zuma’s mediation as one that favours the former opposition parties in Zimbabwe. He has even suggested that the fact that Zuma’s daughter is married to an MDC leader’s son is a factor to have Zuma removed as a mediator. To date, Mugabe’s efforts have failed. Some people have suggested that Mugabe has even gone to the extent of influencing things inside South Africa through the ANC’s infant terrible Malema who has taken it upon himself to try and destroy Zuma to extent of seeking external support. Malema has been a frequent visitor to Zimbabwe, giving credence to claims that the former ANC youth leader has been taking advice from ZANU PF: notable in the Marikana saga. With all these factors brought together, one does not need to be a rocket scientist to conclude that Mugabe’s dream is to see Zuma gone in the Mangaung elective congress of the ANC. From a Zimbabwean point of view, Mangaung will be a fight for human rights whereby if Zuma goes; Zimbabweans might suffer with no one watching.

  1. Rejoice Ngwenya says:

    Poor Mugabe, he’ll need to wake up soon from his nightmare. Zuma is here to stay – but if he goes, I don’t think for us it’s the end of the world, really.

    • Shingara says:

      While Zuma and Mbeki have different personal styles based on different personal relationships with Zimbabwean leaders South African policy on Zimbabwe continues as before. Many of the negotiators and facilitators are exactly the same people in the Zuma era as they were in the Mbeki era. A lot of continuity.

      The idea that Mugabe would interfere in South African politics is difficult to swallow. The idea that he would do so, using of all people Julius Malema, is the most difficult thing to swallow

  2. Troyzono says:

    “His Neighbours, Northern of the Limpopo river” Man, or woman, get your geography right otherwise ur article loses all crediibility.

  3. Amby says:

    Talk of biting the hand that feeds him…Zuma shld just recall the Rand from being used by other ‘sovereign states’ and put an arrest warrant out for Bobojan Mugabevic for he deserves to be nowhere else but in the Hague!

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