Archive | September, 2019

Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s funeral can only be state funded for so long and then it must stop!

14 Sep

The 21 Gun salute has been done at Mugabe’s funeral in Harare. Adios. Comrade! The foreign dignitaries have come and bade farewell to their colleague, father and mentor. The Mugabe family has elected to bury him NOT on the day announced by the government. I reckon the ZANU PF led government has proposed a mausoleum to be built in 30 days and thus the new burial date. Everything is stage managed, it’s laughable.  The truth be told though, Grace Mugabe and her G40 gang are now using old Bob’s funeral to extract concessions from Emerson Mnangagwa’s government for security and protection. It would seem Emerson Mnangagwa does not want the G40 to regroup. I posit they will give ZANU PF serious nightmares in the next election if they are not contained as they can coalesce with the MDC and deliver a defeat to ZANU PF. To the uninitiated, the threatening stories of Mugabe’s avenging spirit if his wishes were not honored, as well as other incredulous superstitions peddled by his family seem valid. But truth be told, those are just empty threats. For the ordinary Zimbabwean taxpayer though, this farce about this long held out funeral is unnecessary. The man must just be buried and Zimbabwe be allowed to move on. The whole hullabaloo about a mausoleum is just but an empty process that was not there on the cards right from the beginning. Mugabe’s funeral had to be a national event funded by the state but beyond the normal funeral it must become a private funeral. Everything else becomes a continuation of the November 2017 coup drama between the ZANU PF’s Crocodile and G40 factions.

Who exactly is funding this and for how much?

Any state funeral in Zimbabwe has to be funded by the state. I am not privy and do not know up to how much should be spent on such funerals. What is clear though is that these are state resources coming from the national cake and taxpayers funds. To put everything into perspective one has to understand that all these thousands of mourners need to be fed; the tents need to be paid for; the water, the fuel for the military and security cars running around and the “deep government”.

Zimbabwe is teetering on the brink of economic collapse and as always the priorities of the political leaders is to want to continue to live a life of grandiose pomp and political fanfare at the expense of the fiscus. Why should taxpayers fund a funeral that runs for a whole month? If Mugabe’s family feels that they need to be doing other things with the body then let them be but not have the Government of Zimbabwe funding the process.

This is ZANU PF factional fighting in overdrive

Mugabe is gone. The conflation of party politics and the state’s issues is a notorious character of Zimbabwe’s politics and ZANU PF. When this will ever end? His lieutenants in the likes of Patrick Zhuwao, Jonathan Moyo and Savior Kasukuwere complain of being hounded by the military junta running Zimbabwe since the November 2017 coup.

Mugabe’s death was always going to give the whole of G40 and Grace Mugabe a  chance to extract concessions and reprieve from the junta. The group has been doing that relentlessly on international TV stations and anyone else who can listen since Mugabe’s demise. They argue Mugabe died in exile. They argue they are still leaving outside Zimbabwe because they will be persecuted if they go back to Zimbabwe. It is true their homes were bombed, shot at and some escaped prison by a whisker. To hold out the funeral would be to embarrass Emerson Mnangagwa who naturally has to bury this “icon” and officiate at the ceremony. He needs to look magnanimous at home as well as to Mugabe’s African friends. The G40 and Grace Mugabe so far remain in control playing the card of the funeral and Mugabe’s dead body. But, this all remains ZANU PF politicking and factional fighting emanating from the November 2017 coup. By continually funding the funeral, the process continues to drain the fiscus, waste taxpayers money and holds the country’s fiscus to ransom. Why should this be allowed? The Government of Zimbabwe must allow the Mugabe family to have their private funeral and save our funds.

What are the rules with state expenditure and where is Parliament in all this?

I do not have information on what the limits to such spending are by the state. I would reckon this information must be made available in the Government’s policy directives. It has never been necessary but one would understand that if the nation is going to be made to mourn for another 30 more days then it is imperative that the information on such expenditure be made public.

ZANU PF MPs for their own expediency and to two the line of their boss would not push for this kind of information. However, those opposition MPs sitting in that august house need to ask for this kind of information and make it available to the public. Zimbabwe recently appealed for millions in relief aid but has the audacity to host a state funeral for 30 plus more days?

Zimbabwe’s perennial blood sucking non performing parastatals must just behave this time

Zimbabwe’s parastatals are famously known for blocking large tracts of space in independent and state newspapers, radio and television stations at high prices. Emerson Mnangagwa must reign in his comrades. Zimbabwe does not have that kind of money. These people can write their speeches and farewell messages and post them on Facebook, twitter and so on and we will still be able to read them. YouTube, Facebook and Instagram is there if they decide to do bye bye videos. They must just save us the trouble.

What could be civil society’s role in controlling the excesses of this state funeral?

One thought tells me that Zimbabweans must be wary of being dragged into ZANU PF’s factional fights. But another one nudges me and tells me to ask if there is any civil society body in Zimbabwe or lawyers who would be willing to take up a matter and ask for the budgets for this funeral as well as a control on the expenditure of state resources. The civic bodies are there, whether they see this as an important issue is for them to decide. Someone needs to put a check to this gluttonous state machinery now disguising itself in blackmailing fits of mourning for Robert Gabriel Mugabe. This abuse of state funds and taxpayers money for ZANU PF activities needs to be put to an end. As I noted earlier, there is no dispute that Robert Gabriel Mugabe is a national hero and his funeral has to get state funding. However, this must be within reason. Mausoleums and 30-day marathon funerals all in a bid to extend immunities and protection negotiations for Grace Mugabe and the G40 cabal is none of our business as taxpayers.

The pan Africanists must now go back home and let Zimbabweans be

The pan Africanists and leaders from Africa have come to the funeral. Those like Uhuru Kenyatta who are busy will be gone by this evening. Some from crazy and useless countries will continue to roam around Harare of course costing us money in state protection etc. They have paid their dues to old Bob. It was only fitting that they send their comrade off in this manner. However, the likes of Thabo Mbeki and all must now sit down and be the judges. One Zimbabwean was very clear during the xenophobic attacks – that if South Africans and I dare say the whole of Africa think that Zimbabweans are just cry babies then they can as well go and live there and we exchange the counties. Otherwise, they must know that this state funeral should be over, they must go back home and not put many expectations on Emerson Mnangagwa to continue pattering to the Mugabe and the G40 arm of ZANU PF.

Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s funeral must now be a private funeral

Whether the Mugabe family want him buried in heaven, the said mausoleum, in a cave in Zvimba or next to Sally Mugabe, they must allow Zimbabweans the reprieve to have their taxes do other things for them like buying drugs in hospitals, textbooks in school, providing chemicals for clean running water in homes and fixing the economy. It is small money in ZANU PF’s view as well as any other corrupt official but putting an end to such monstrosities such as what will become of this Mugabe funeral begins to give Zimbabweans power to reclaim their country, lives and finances from Robert Gabriel Mugabe. We do not ask for much!

Robert Gabriel Mugabe made his Heroes Acre he must lie in it!

12 Sep


Robert Gabriel Mugabe is gone. A lot of mixed emotions from many and rightly so because the man was an embodiment of all that was good and all that was evil. Opinions about his service to Africa, the world and Zimbabwe differ with such polarizing feelings its perplexing. The MDC and Nelson Chamisa are at their tethers not knowing how to respond to his death. In one breath they say he is a hero, in one they lament his rule. ZANU PF and Emerson Mnangagwa reportedly are all about capturing his legacy so that they can defend theirs and for them the best thing to do is have them bury and prevail over his funeral at the Heroes Acre. Debates and controversy rage about where old Bob is supposed to be laid to rest. I have my issues with Robert Gabriel Mugabe and I will lay it out. Mugabe wants to be controversial, divisive and unruly even in death. It will not happen and he cannot be allowed to do that. One thing that is very clear though is that to begin unraveling him, his remains must be interred at his Heroes Acre that he built with his comrades and foisted on Zimbabweans.

Why Zimbabweans and Africa think Mugabe is their hero?

  (i) Armed struggle against racist colonialism
Robert Gabriel Mugabe fought a long mental and physical battle with the racist British colonial empire alongside his fellow comrades in ZANLA and ZIPRA. That cannot be taken away from him. This part of his history makes endeared to Zimbabweans and most Africans. This part of the history makes Mugabe endeared to most Africans. They see their own struggles through Mugabe. Look at Sam Nujoma, Thabo Mbeki, Julius Malema, Somalis, Yoweri Museveni and many other Africans. But we see through them and their hypocrisy. Theirs is not just empty veneration for the man. They had and have their own bones to chew with colonialists and evoking Mugabe raises sentiments. It is not really about Zimbabwe or Mugabe anymore.

Up to now i find it difficult to reconcile and accept that these racist white British colonialists could keep Mugabe and some of his colleagues in prison for so long. They even had the nerve to prevent him from attending his first son’s funeral. Allegations run high as well that they tortured and castrated him. Some of these things are unforgivable and so when people rally behind Mugabe people will understand where we are coming from.

(ii) Land repossession
Robert Gabriel Mugabe went after white people and confiscated much prized land from them in Zimbabwe. If you ask me, I would say this was one of the best things that ever happened to Africa. This was a revolution of gigantic proportions. People want to talk about the violence that engulfed the whole land reform process and how chaotic it was. But come on, there isn’t a revolution that has ever been clean and without violence of sorts. The land had to be repossessed and we can discuss until Mugabe comes back to life about how the process was to be carried out. To have gone to war and not taken the land would have been a real betrayal of the armed and liberation struggle. Let’s not lie to each other and give the land repossession exercise any other names like reform blab la, it was repossession period! Mugabe prevailed over it, and if one doesn’t like it then well that’s a story for another day.

  (iii) Progressive Domestic social policies after independence
Robert Gabriel Mugabe is lauded for introducing free education in Zimbabwe soon after independence. The likes of Lovemore Madhuku have gone to town about it arguing that without him it would not have been possible for his parents to send him to school. Massive education of the black child happened in Zimbabwe and the results are there for everyone to see in Zimbabwe. Mugabe was an intellectual and understood the need for mass education. Zimbabweans love him for this and Africa follows suit.

  (iv) Mugabe dared to speak against the white race
Mugabe dared to speak against the West (read white people) in ways that no one could ever imagine. After Thomas Sankara, Samora Machel and Kwame Nkrumah not many African leaders knew so how much to prod the white race in the right place so as to put them in their places and stop meddling in Africa’s affairs. Mugabe knew eloquently how to do this by touching on subjects considered sensitive by the white race – homosexuality, land and other related matters. As it was and still is, most Africans would rather believe that they homosexuality in all its forms is a white man’s problem but they will not dare speak out for fear of being whipped into line by donors and being deemed not politically correct. Mugabe did it for them and for that they revered and still adore him. Mugabe is that guy who had the guts to tell Tony Blair and all the English to keep their England and he would keep his Zimbabwe. That made a lot of people who had beefs with the white man to be happy as they had found a spokesman for their own issues.

Mugabe misunderstood his position and thought Zimbabwe’s was his mother’s backyard

There are so many other instances that Mugabe’s actions could have been deemed heroic by Zimbabweans and most Africans. However, what must be made clear in all these heroic matters listed above is that Robert Gabriel Mugabe should have known that public service as the Prime Minister or President of Zimbabwe did not give him carte blanch rights to pillage and abuse Zimbabweans because he had fought the liberation struggle etc. In fact, if that is his argument, you then hear today most young people saying that Mugabe is not the only person who fought in the liberation struggle and must not distort history in that manner. In fact the jest these days is that if these liberation heroes want to punish Zimbabweans because they fought in the liberation war then they can as well go and tie the country back and the youths will go to fight again.

The story that is sold to us is that Mugabe was benevolent and he provided education, health facilities etc. in his early days. It is as if he was doing Zimbabwe a favor and yet people forget that the Prime Ministership or the Presidency is a job with clear deliverables. He had to work and produce results and I refuse this argument that he tried. What does that even mean – he tried?

This is exactly what people like Desmond Tutu, Pius Ncube, Hugh Masekela, Oliver Mtukudzi, John Sentamu refused to accept about Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s role in Zimbabwe’s post independent state. Mugabe wanted to take people for a ride and behave as if Zimbabwe was his personal or mother’s playground. That could never be and that must be debunked through and through.

Mugabe plundered and destroyed Zimbabwe and nothing can atone for that

Rampant and state sanctioned Corruption soon after independence
What needs to be understood is that Robert Gabriel Mugabe was a megalomaniac who would do anything to retain power. Stories are told about how he wittingly and ruthlessly decimated his opponents during the liberation struggle. What is important to note is the way he then rewarded those who were loyal to him during his tenure as Prime Minister. Stories are told of rampant theft of state resources, the Willowgate Scandal comes to mind. Questioned about the rampant corruption Mugabe reportedly would note that he would deal with the truants and even at times had the nerve to question who in his group had not stolen something from the state before. Reports of his nephews and his close associates pillaging state coffers are known. The airport road scandal, the funds from the extension of the Harare Airport, the Beitbridge Road dualization project are just small projects where it is known his close family members were involved. Mugabe failed to chastise them because it served his interests. The buck stopped right at his door and he should have acted but he chose to pay a blind eye to the detriment of Zimbabweans. And he is supposed to remain a hero for Zimbabwe?

Mugabe sanctioned state sponsored violence in every election through state security officials
Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s bootlickers and his ZANU PF people want to paint a different narrative and argue that Mugabe is not the one who perpetrated state sanctioned violence in Zimbabwe. Do they know or have they ever had of Command Responsibility? Mugabe was the Head of Government when Gukurahundi happened. Mugabe prevailed over all the elections from 1985 to the bloody 2008 elections, Murambatsvina, and many other bloody episodes of violence where CIOs, the military, police and rogue ZANU PF supporters killed Zimbabweans unimpeded and with such massive impunity. Records of his speeches are there to see on how he encouraged all this. I know family friends who left Zimbabwe traumatized I know people that have died and have left orphans.

If at all, people want to argue otherwise, what we know for sure is that the violence happened under his watch and if one goes through the narratives from most victims from all the epochs of violence, it is clear to note that the perpetrators mostly used his name. Mugabe is the one to blame for the violence that has engulfed Zimbabwe for all these years. He could have stopped it, but he didn’t because it served his purposes of hanging on to power for so long.

Mugabe stayed for too long on the dance floor and he became boring
Robert Gabriel Mugabe was a bore in the end. He was literally sleeping on the job. Reading wrong speeches planted or otherwise is none of our business. The man could not sustain being a President anymore but he trudged on buoyed by his rancorous wife and his acerbic G40. When he was deposed in November 2017, he certainly got what he deserved.

So why is there conflict about Mugabe in death?mugabe-sleeping-4
There is no conflict whatsoever in my mind about Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s legacy. The Mugabe I know and have grown up knowing is a violent, selfish, and egoistic man who cared only about his grandiose lifestyle in Malaysia and Singapore. People will ask and try to ramp up his post-independence achievements. But I argue that that was part of his job. Is he supposed to be judged as if he was doing Zimbabwe a favor. He had to work and produce results and that is exactly what he did for the first few years but the real man came out sooner rather than later and he was a disaster for Zimbabwe for 37 years.

Political correctness – the blight of the Zimbabwean and the African
Chamisa and the MDC should have stayed put
Mugabe was a divisive man in life and now even in his death his wily divisive and cantankerous self continues its ugly head on Zimbabweans. But why? And then what we see is all sorts of political correctness from corridors and sectors that must not even be losing sleep about this man’s death. The MDC is scampering around wanting to tell us about hunhu, culture and all sorts of nonsense all to appear politically correct. Nelson Chamisa and his party should have stayed mum about all this. This business of jumping onto ZANU PF shenanigans disguised as national matters must stop. It happened at the time of the coup and it is still happening today. Let ZANU PF itself into smithereens and not be moved an inch. Mugabe endorsing the MDC and Chamisa for the Presidency is not something to gloat about. It is ill advised and childish. Mugabe was trying to spite Mnangagwa and Chamisa jumps onto it as if Mugabe’s endorsement would change his world for him. A slap on the wrist of MDC faithful if you ask me.

Africanness, hunhu and all superstitious nonsense can go with Mugabe to his grave – who cares?
So everyone is scampering around arguing that the dead must be respected. Of course it is what the “elders” said so we are told. But so what, this is the same kind of nonsense that allows little girls to be raped by uncles, small boys to be sodomized by their kith and kin, and families are told to shut up and forever be because of the need to preserve families. Mugabe prevailed over a ruthless machinery of rape, murder, disappearances and all that. What Africaness, hunhu and any other hocus pocus do people want to talk about. There was nothing African, humanness about his rule, so why should people be put into a herd to mourn him.

The worst thing is to guilt trip people and talk about Africanness. The craziest hogwash ever!

Superstitions meant to scare Zimbabweans – Go away all of you and your superstitions

So all of a sudden there were dark clouds because Mugabe had died. All of a sudden a whole tent was blown off the ground because of strong winds and people like Jonathan Moyo want to scare the hell out of Zimbabweans that it is an omen about how Mugabe’s funeral is being handled. I would say STOP, and In fact tell him to shut up. People have gone to school enough to understand meteorology and weather reports. Zimbabweans must not be scared. The dark clouds and the winds are all-natural phenomena as is the death of Mugabe. Nothing to be scared of.

Mugabe’s spirit will rise – So what?
Mugabe’s nephew was writing on social media arguing that Mugabe’s spirit and the Gushungo clan would wreak havoc on those who tried to force him to be buried at the Heroes Acre. So now Mugabe and his Gushungo clan have a monopoly on what the Gods and all the other spirits of Zimbabweans who have been killed under his name can do? It can as well be said that the behavior of Mugabe’s children is a sign of the spirits of those who died in his name and that even his death is because of that because for all we know he was going to reach ZANA but with all that money and specialized he still went down. Maybe his deposition by his friends and his juniors were the spirits of all those he tormented before. We cannot be bogged down in such rigmarole and nonsense. Mugabe is gone and he is finished. No superstitious nonsense will and should scare any Zimbabwean anymore.

This kind of behavior is what has killed Zimbabwe. People are busy building technology apps, have technology driven solutions to problems and we still want to focus on superstitions and all that. The Mugabe family and his cronies as well as the rest of ZANU F has fed Zimbabwe this nonsense for a long time and it needs to stop with Mugabe’s death. Please Robert, just go and spare us! And you, who have been left behind, go and thrown your bones and nonsense somewhere else.

The Big question – where should Robert Mugabe be buried?
Robert Gabriel Mugabe built his Heroes Acre in Harare. It was meant to be a place where his friends and colleagues would be interred. He had a grave set aside for him next to his first wife Sally. He even forced his acolytes such as Edgar Tekere to be buried there even against their wishes. In his last days, it is reported that he noted he wanted to be buried in his village KwaZvimba. What nonsense! In a normal world it would make sense but in today’s Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe must be buried at the Heroes Acre. Many of the thieves, corrupt politicians and his other cantankerous comrades lie there. He deserves to be there with them.

Secondly Mugabe cannot be allowed to have the last laugh on the whole country by playing Zimbabweans even in his death. This is a ZANU PF contest which we are being forced to partake in. Burying him at the Heroes Acre is of course a win for ED and the army ruling Zimbabwe. Having him interred at his rural home gives a victory to Mugabe. Mugabe cannot be allowed to continue wreaking havoc even in death.

The farce that the dead’s spirit will have bad omens on the living and the country is just but a farce. The old man must just be buried at the Heroes Acre, a place he built for him and the likes of his ilk. Now what, you want to give us another reason to be cursing all the time we go past Zvimba? The place called the Heroes Acre is a closely guarded place anyway and if he goes there it will help us forget about him. The MDC and Chamisa are busy running around even getting to add their voices about where Mugabe should be buried because for them it would be a victory and poke in the eye to ED and ZANU PF. Nonsensical stuff really – do they not have more important things to do in the MDC?
Robert Gabriel Mugabe built his HEROES ACRE, he must lie in it!

SATAnAFRIKA’s Xenophobia is South African government policy towards foreigners – PERIOD!

4 Sep

This is September 2019 and South Africa is again dominating the news for the wrong reasons – this time its violent attacks on foreigners living in South Africa by South African young men and women. Social media is awash with solidarity messages and condemnation for the barbaric acts from the whole world. Africa is appalled as calls are made to boycott anything South African from music concerts, food, supermarket chains etc. The South Africans who are allegedly causing the mayhem argue that the “foreigners” are behind the rampant armed robberies, the wanton murders, the out of control drug trafficking and incessant human trafficking rings common in most major cities in South Africa. Arguments for and against the violence are very strong. What is important to note however is that the only plausible explanation for this violence is that while these xenophobic attacks are carried out by ordinary South Africans, it has now become unwritten government policy on how to handle foreigners in South Africa. Public policy experts say politics is what governments choose to do or not do. The South African government has for ages elected to remain on the fringes when violence is unleashed on defenseless foreigners even after prominent leaders have issued inflammatory and criminal statements beforehand. The central argument is that there is nothing to stop the police, government leaders, traditional leaders who are constitutionally mandated to provide leadership in dealing with the problems that are attendant on migration and refugee problems. The police can investigate and arrest alleged foreign criminals. The immigration officials can put their foot down and prevent illegal entry into the country. Trade Industry and Economic Planning Units can stamp out fake products imported into South Africa’s markets. The Labor Ministry can implement stringent controls o who is employed in South Africa’s restaurants and farms and bar employers from employing cheap labor. This is not done; the government blames ordinary South Africans and this is convenient for them. The ultimate truth remains however – the hands-off approach by the successive South African governments from Mbeki to Zuma to Ramaphosa is very deliberate. It is an effective way of ridding South Africa of unwanted foreigners.

Xenophobia – an eternal ticking time bomb for South Africa

The ordinary South African man or woman who hosts the ordinary African migrant and refugee in his or her community in Khayelithsa, Germiston, Alexandra,  Springs etc. is being blamed for the deadly and wanton violence. It is reported that the ordinary South African is angry because Nigerians have destroyed young South Africans’ lives through drugs peddled in areas such Hillbrow, Yeoville and many others across South Africa. Zimbabweans are accused of providing cheap labor to industries and farms in South Africa and thus edging out South Africans from well paying jobs. Other East and Central African citizens are accused of electronic fraud and scams that has cost South Africans millions of Rands in losses. The ordinary South African is said to be concerned that public resources such as schools, hospitals, government housing schemes and the social welfare system are inundated and saddled with pressure from the foreigners who have now besieged it.

But is this really what influences the violence?

I beg to differ and argue that the South African political leadership is playing a dangerous game of blame shifting for their incompetence in planning and providing public goods.

Herman Mashaba and Cyril Ramaphosa have been quoted on several occasions noting that foreigners must be flushed out of South Africa. They have raised almost similar reasons as the ones pointed out above by the ordinary South African. The convergence of thought is suspicious and unintelligent. There is no doubt that the voices of the political elite are powerful and influence public opinion in a great deal which could lead to open violence as meted out on foreigners in several epochs of violence described as xenophobia in South Africa since the end of apartheid.

What must be admitted is that when it comes to social services, the South African central and local arms of the government continue to struggle to provide those services. That the foreigners who live in the same suburbs with ordinary South Africans also benefit from such services as schools, hospitals, hosing is not denied. However, the South African government needs to be taken to task on a number of issues which include getting information on what the exact expenses are by the alleged foreigner. The South African government must first provide for its own before it can start blaming the “foreigner” for its failure to deliver social services to its citizenry. South Africa needs to put its house in order and violently setting its citizens on “foreigners’ is not the solution”.

The case of the kettle calling the pot black – who causes crime in South Africa?

The ordinary South African is said to be scared of the criminal gangs, activities and shenanigans of the “foreigner” in South Africa. But it is also true that the South African citizen himself has been at the helm of the crime rings in South Africa. Any society is bound to have crime and this cannot be ruled out. What is disputed is the blanket apportioning of blame on each and every “foreigner” in South Africa as a criminal. The onus is on the South African government and its arms of the law to ensure that criminals be they South Africans or foreign are investigated, arraigned before the courts and prosecuted if ever found committing offences. Due to the lackadaisical nature of crime investigations in South Africa, many criminals South African or foreign continue to go scot free and that cannot be the problem of “foreigners” – makwerekwere or whatever they want to call them. South Africa needs to put its house in order and violently setting its citizens on “foreigners’ is not the solution”.

The housing and social welfare nightmare

South Africa came out of apartheid with a huge backlog for housing and the need to provide social welfare grants to its people. One of the biggest outcries by the ordinary South African is that Zimbabweans and many other African citizens have found themselves on the lists of beneficiaries for those social welfare grants and houses ahead of them. This is a genuine concern for any citizen.

However, what is not made clear is how those same “foreigners” end up receiving such resources when they are supposedly not entitled to receive them. That now, is a case for the South African government to answer.

The corruption and sheer incompetence exhibited by government officials in allocating such resources shows that the government of South Africa and its officers is complicit in such acts and needs to be held accountable. South Africa needs to put its house in order and violently setting its citizens on “foreigners’ is not the solution”.

How do foreigners end up in South Africa?

There is no doubt that South Africa provides a relatively safe haven for people fleeing war, political violence, persecution, violence and poor economic conditions from countries such as the DRC, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana etc. The question that begs answers is how so many refugees and immigrants end up in South Africa without proper documentation. It is a known fact that most Zimbabweans “jump” the border through the crocodile infested Limpopo .

It is a known fact that many other citizens coming from East Africa pay huge bribes to human trafficking smugglers who work hand in glove with Immigration and Police officers in South Africa to create safe passages for the immigrants and refugees. It is baffling then to see the South African government exhibiting signs of shock when it has shown incompetence in controlling its borders as well curbing corruption within its immigration and police departments to curb illegal migration. South Africa needs to put its house in order and violently setting its citizens on “foreigners’ is not the solution”.

South Africa’s hands-off international diplomacy approach will continue to bite it

The immigration and foreigners’ issue in South Africa is akin to the snake that bites the hand that feeds it. South Africa has for a very long time opened its doors willingly or by some form of coercion to scores of immigrants and refugees fleeing persecution from their home countries. However, the story that is not told to the ordinary South African is also that the South African government has squandered multiple chances of dealing with problems from these refugee and immigrants contributing countries because of political bungling or political expediency in its foreign policies in certain instances.

South Africa chose “quiet diplomacy” in Zimbabwe. South Africa chose to be “actively engaged” in the DRC conflict. Largely though, the hands-off approach by the South African government has meant that conflicts and crises that could have been prevented or deescalated in other African countries have continue to rage on unabated with the resultant effect being that people flee their own countries. The closest destination far from the Mediterranean madness becomes South Africa with its attractive economy, functioning systems and hospitable people.

The moment South Africa stops handling countries such as Zimbabwe with kid gloves and closes its borders to incessant unregulated migration is the day Zimbabwe will see that it cannot continue on its deadly undemocratic path. The day South Africa stops a hands-off approach to countries such as Malawi where election results take long to come out and are manufactured by the Election Commission is the day Malawi will behave and know that it cannot continue on its undemocratic path. The role for South Africa in SADC is clearly cut out. South Africa has one of the biggest economies in SADC if not in Africa. The country’s political and social system are well developed. It therefore means that the country through SADC and the African Union can play a role in standards setting. South Africa can only continue fumbling with its foreign policy for so long but in the meantime it must expect an influx of refugees and migrants into its territory. South Africa needs to put its house in order and violently setting its citizens on “foreigners’ is not the solution”.

What to do with the foreigners in South Africa?

The political leadership in South Africa  knows that every human being on its shores has indivisible human rights protected by its Constitution. The leadership knows that the foreigners undocumented or not they still have their rights to life, dignity and freedom from torture. The political leadership knows without doubt that the government also has a duty to protect every human being (refugees and immigrants) in South Africa from attacks by civilians (CRIMINALS). Thus the police, immigration officials, and intelligence officials have  clear duties to ensure that services are provided for duly deserving “foreigners”. The South African government has systems and laws in place to deport and remove from their soil any person deemed not deserving to be in South Africa. The SA government does not do the right thing because its officers are corrupt and inept.

International laws governing the management and treatment of undocumented migrants, people trafficked and refugees is clear on how countries such as South Africa must manage these people. South Africa’s failure to abide by international law shows its laxity and ineptitude and must take the blame for the chaos that then occurs between its citizens and “foreigners”.

There is absolutely no reason why South Africa should cry foul about robberies, drug trafficking and human trafficking by “foreigners”. “Foreigners” are human beings who can be investigated and brought to justice. There is no reason why the South African police should leave its policing and judicial systems to be hijacked by private citizens unless of course if it’s the government of South Africa that is allowing such to occur. King Zwelithini has castigated foreigners before, Herman Mashaba has called for foreigners’ extermination, Cyril Ramaphosa has endorsed the clamping down on foreigners before. Why would anyone in their right mind not think and believe that what the political leadership has been saying is NOT government policy?

Just like Marikana, just like the Guptas, just like the impunity with rapists, just like the torture, burning and destruction of “foreigners’ in South Africa, the South African government is responsible and allows for these things to happen.

What way SATAnFRIKA?

South Africa’s political, traditional and community leaders need to have a different conversation among themselves about foreigners in their country. It is useless to appeal to the boys and girls who beat up foreigners on South Africa’s streets to stop the violence on African immigrants. The problem is much bigger than them. The problem is more political than anything else. The moment the government chooses to attend to its criminal justice system, social services and immigration policies as well tackling corruption in its civil service, these problems will be resolved. The improvement of community relations between host communities and refugees or immigrants will just be a topping on the cake. For now, Cyril Ramaphosa must put an end to this violence forthwith and govern his country properly. He is the only one who can turn of the fuel that powers this violence.

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