Zim minister 'raps Mandela comparisons'

2013-12-10 10:10
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Cape Town - Zimbabwean Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Jonathan Moyo has taken a swipe at the Western media for what he calls “frivolous attempts” to compare African leaders with former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Mandela died on Thursday at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg at the age of 95. The struggle icon has been praised by many for his ability to fight against racial segregation.

According to Herald, Moyo said although Mandela was a revered African leader with a rich history, it was disappointing that “Nelson Mandela’s passing on has attracted gratuitous comparisons between him and other African leaders including our own President [Robert] Mugabe whose iconic standing as a liberator and empowerer is now an indelible imprint of history”.

Moyo said God created only one Nelson Mandela with no clones in the same way he created only one Winston Churchill; one John F Kennedy, one Mao, one Lenin and one Mahatma Gandhi with no clones.

Untold exploitation

The notion being peddled in some propaganda quarters that some African leaders should style themselves as Mandela clones has no precedence in the history of civilised nations, Moyo said.

Moyo said such comparison was not only an insult to president Mandela’s rich legacy but ridiculed the entire African continent which endured untold exploitation at the hands of the Anglo Saxons.

Since the death of Mandela, the media has been awash with reports comparing Mandela to the rest of the African leaders, with some saying Africa will never have a leader of his calibre.

Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  nelson mandela  |  jonathan moyo  |  zimbabwe

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