What the people say

2008-04-04 00:00

With the news of Robert Mugabe’s 28-year rule of Zimbabwe coming to an end, a number of Zimbabweans living in the city might have good reason to start celebrating.

One of the Zimbabweans who will definitely be celebrating Mugabe’s departure is former uMgungundlovu District Municipality manager Max Moyo, whose 71-year-old mother and three brothers still live in Zimbabwe.

Although Moyo, who arrived in South Africa 1994, has adopted South African citizenship, his heart remains in his country of birth, although, he says, he now only visits the country.

"When I left Zimbabwe in 1994, things were still fine. But when I visited the country a while ago, I saw the suffering. People there have been reduced to subhuman level because of poverty," said Moyo.

He is upset with the people who cast their vote for Mugabe. He said the problem with them is that they are still holding on to liberation struggle.

He said the situation in his country is no longer about who participated in the struggle, but about who can change the situation.

Zimbabwe army head Major-General Constantine Chiwenga was reported as saying he would not take a salute from anyone who had not fought in the country’s 1970s liberation war. He was apparently referring to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

"Those who voted for Mugabe are insensitive to the suffering, but most of them benefited in one way or another from his regime. Zimbabwe cannot survive in isolation. It needs to be part of the global community," said Moyo. "Right now, Zimbabwe is synonymous with suffering."

When asked how he feels about Tsvangirai succeeding Mugabe, Moyo said: "People are looking for an alternative, and that is what Morgan or Simba Makoni are, under the situation."

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