If you have read any articles on News 24 about Zimbabwe and her president Robert Mugabe, you will notice that it follows a predictable pattern...A detailed explanation of his presidential failures, skullduggery and atrocities, followed bya diatribe of responses for and against Mugabe. Further, the thumbs have somehow been manipulated to dubiouslyreflect more pro Mugabe thumbs than pro Mugabe comments. Perhaps news 24 also uses Nikuv International Projects Ltd's software?
What boggled my mind though, was how so many people could support such an obvious dictator? And I'm not talking about the vote rigging and intimidation to keep legitimate voters away from the polling stations. I also understand the 100 000 voters who are 100 years old or older. (At that age a person's mental capacity has become defunct, lifeless and dead). I'm talking about those educated black Zimbabweans who echo Mugabe's propaganda.
From "Africa for Africa" to "We willnever be a colony again". Why, being intelligent, would they enthusiastically fall for propaganda aimed at the uneducated masses? Surely they are learned enough to see what he's actually doing. They are like a Sharks supporter in a pub jamming to that catchy Bull's song the first time they hear it. They not listening to the words, they just bouncing to the beat like a drunken fool.
Truth be told though, the black Zimbabweans that support Mugabe all have a common reason for doing so. A deep seated hatred for white people. I must admit that this hatred is understandable, but certainly misguided and abused. Mugabe plays on this hatred like the Pied Piper of Bulawayo.The white man is The West. the white man is Britain.
When Mugabe goes on his tirade about white imperialism being the reason for Zimbabwe's woes, that hatred burns inside them incinerating cognitive thinking and leaving logic and reason in a heap of ashes. He has somehow even convinced these educated Zimbabweans that the MDC is a front for imperialistic forces to overthrow Zimbabwe and return it back to colonialism. Yes, he has said many times that Morgan Tsvangirai is but a puppet on a string, being paraded around with the devious intention to bring oppression back to Zimbabwe, while at the same time ruling his subjects into submission as they starve to death. It's the very same reason The ANC always blame Apartheid for everything. If ANC and Zanu PF keep blaming imperialistic colonisation for theirfailures, the people will keep turning a blind eye to their misgivings, theft and down right failing to progress as a nation. All they need to do is use the right words, pull the right emotional strings and point the finger at the evils of the past. It is paramount to getting caught stealing or cheating and saying: "It was Adam and Eve's fault! They left the legacy of sin."
The irony of this is threefold.
1/. He uses the hatred for the previous oppresive regime to oppress his people.
2/. The educated Zimbabweans lap it up when they have the power to stop it.
3/. The educated Zimbabweans vehemently support him and dismiss criticism while living and working in other westernised countries, daring not return to Zimbabwe.
On the one hand it is very sad for the people ofZimbabwe, and on the other hand it has ominous implications for all South Africans.
But then again, maybe I'm wrong? Maybe the pro Mugabe brigade is right? He has already fulfilled his promises on land distribution. Non production of food and a mass of starving people is just a minor issue. And he has also fulfilled his promises of economic liberation, because honestly, how many other presidents have made so many millionaires in such a short period of time?
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