Africa's liberation icons 'betrayed us'

2012-08-02 13:20

Cape Town - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has criticised Africa's liberation icons, saying they had "betrayed the values of the continent’s liberation struggles".

Addressing a gathering at a book launch in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Tsvangirai noted the leaders had failed to deal with economic issues.

"They went into office without a plan and today, the new crop of African leaders has to deal with the economy to provide jobs to the millions of our young people," said Tsvangirai

He said the post-liberation formations had to deal with the failures of liberation formations that had no policies to rescue the continent.

"Even when some political parties go to their Congresses, they never discuss policy but are preoccupied with positions."

Tsvangirai and Malawi's President Joyce Banda were guests at the launch of Africa’s Third Liberation, a new booked authored by Geoff Herbst and Greg Mills.

President Banda told the gathering that Africa should concentrate on economic development rather than the failed policies of the past.

She warned that "failure to provide jobs for the millions of young people in Malawi and other African countries was a potential for disaster", adding that the Arab springs were the clearest sign that an idle but active population without jobs could be a source of instability.

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  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-02 13:34

    Morgan you just another brick in the wall shut up

      lerato.mnizi - 2012-08-02 14:07

      Another brick in the wall? He is talking absolute sense. Something you obviously know nothing about.

      chris.gill.9849 - 2012-08-02 14:12

      Yep, don't you just hate it when these people speak sense? How dare he say we should think about helping the youth find jobs?

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-02 14:35

      say what, you must be confusing Svagirai with Comrade Bob.

      tatsee - 2012-08-02 14:52

      Keith.Murphey.9638,You,my good sir,are a 24ct gold PLONKER!

      oom.koos.7 - 2012-08-02 17:22

      Iv got a feeling that when Mr. Tsvangirai one day takes the reins in Zim, he will make the ANC look like the idiots that they are. I think he is the guy to watch..

  • Gavin - 2012-08-02 14:04

    liberation = taking over and stealing all the money

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-02 14:20

    "Liberation struggles" it seems, has very little to do with the liberation of the people, but rather the take over of valuable assets that have been financed and built by other people. It is a road to riches for a select few who "make it big" by doing very little. Noises about liberating the masses and giving them "economic freedom" is rhetoric that is saved for election time when they are needed to vote these "struggle icons" back into power.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-02 14:33

    Morgan, you must be referring to the ANC & Mugarbage

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-02 14:40

    Time for an 'African Spring' ! Time to get rid of the rubbish ! Time for ALL taxpayers to get some respect ! Would you employ a thief to run your household ? Why would you elect thieves to run your country?

  • thando.moloi.9 - 2012-08-02 14:51

    He just ran short of mentioning mandela and obasanjo.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-08-02 14:54

    That's F...Kin truth and they sitll doing here in Angola in Zimbabwe and everywere else in Africa..

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-02 15:02

    You see in the post colonial world there are 2 kinds of non-European leaders, those who are craven puppets and allow the West to manhandle them and their countries, and there are those who oppose the West. African leaders who have toiled with radical ideas that sought to benefit their people have been eliminated, overthrown or undermined by the colonialist. Many African scholars argue that one party states are a way of consolidating African states against hostile former colonisers. That's why sometimes it is necessary that people like Mugabe, Chavez , Castro and Gaddafi stay on past their 10 years, reason being that their successors might just go soft and flip themselves over for the West's relentless criminal gang, always driven along by capitalist greed and avarice. The fact is that post-colonial Africa has not been helped to be autonomous by the so called liberal democracies. Who inherited the poorest nation in the continent and turned it into the richest in Africa? What happened to that leader? Tsvangirai needs to study some history!

      thando.moloi.9 - 2012-08-02 16:16

      Indeed! And with Europe singing Afrika's praises about how poised we are for growth and what have you, WHAT F#CKING changed?!!! Afrika has always had its wealth but we are not left to our "demise" by the jesus' (europeans). Nx!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-02 16:23

      Fidel. WHERE the heck , do you get ALL this crap from ???? It is mind boggling!!! You surely are not THAT stupid , that you even believe one sentence of this ?

      Warren - 2012-08-02 16:42

      To reduce groups into two camps is always an over-implification, especially in politics. Right now Africa is the "have not" continent, and the easiest way of changing that is through foreign investment- for better or worse. This gives Africa two choices: West or East. West has a bad past track record regarding colonies, but curently treats her people well, while the East is currently bad rep regarding its own people. I would rather feel oppressed by the West simply because you know what you are in for, and the Geneva Convention etc might help, while countries like China treat their own people badly, can you imagine how they will treat other nations people given the chance?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-02 18:47

      China doesn't do things the western way, so in most cases western assumptions often do not apply. Historically they have never been perticularly bothered about sending troops overseas to enforce their will, even the last time they were technologically and economically superior to pretty much everyone else. China has suffered the "unequal treaty" treatment before and as a result is not too keen on the idea of imposing unequal treaties on others. Rather in the manner that Germany today is a noticeably more free and liberal country than say the US or Britain, because it has experienced the horrors of intrusive dictatorship. "Over the past 60 years, China has achieved phenomenal economic growth and development, purely from its own efforts without having to resort to the colonisation and economic plunder of other nations," Mugabe said. "Its economic miracle is indeed a source of pride and inspiration to all of us." China already has over a billion people to look after, does it want more?

      gaby.hide.3 - 2012-08-02 20:49

      @Fidel, I find your comments thought provoking & intelligent. I have not studied political science, but the subject of finding a solution that works interests me immensely. 1. So who did inherit the poorest nation...? 2. I tend to agree that democracy does not work in Africa. However then the opposite should be true. We have no examples of African countries that were not colonies that are now successful, do we? Nor do we see any examples of kingdoms/communism or other political structures that have fared any better?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 07:42

      1. Moamar Ghaddafi! Libya had the highest aggregate standard of living in Africa, encompassing all government social safety nets, including free health care, free tertiary education, a housing and wedding allowance, including full allowance for overseas studies. He was not perfect but Libya did have social justice. It had its own brand of direct "democracy" where every Libyan is a member of a tribe and every tribe governed itself and selected its leaders; those leaders from all of the tribes then selected their leaders, and so on until there was only one leader of all of the tribes of Libya, who presided over the Tribal Council. Name of Parliament: General People’s Congress (Muhtamar Al Sha’ab Al Aam) Number of seats: 760 Term of legislature: 3 years Required age for voting: 18 Required age for membership: 18 The 760 members of the General People’s Congress are elected by indirect vote. They are situated at the top of a pyramid-like system which has as its basis some 2000 basic people’s congresses existing throughout the country. These congresses appoint popular committees to execute policy. Provincial and urban affairs are handled by these committees responsible to municipal people’s congresses, of which there are 13. Officials of these congresses and committees form at the national level the General People’s Congress – the highest policy-making body in the country. Libya had its brand of democracy which needn't be compartible with the western style democracy.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 08:04

      2. It would be misleading to try and compartmentalise Africa into areas that were affected by colonisation and those which were not, for the continent as a whole had to bear the costs. The opposite is the same for EU countries that were not involved in colonisation but which benefitted from the tricle down effect. The kind of relationship which Africa has had with Europe from the very beginning, has worked in a direction opposite to integration of local economies. Certain interterritorial links established on the continent were broken down after the 15th century because of European trade. The problem is that the western economy is so dependent on this continent to the point where the west will not willingly cut the umblical chord and give Africans control of their own economic resources. The west got rich and developed by underdeveloping Africa. This off course doesn't let off the hook the silk-tie wearing ignoramuses who call themselves African leaders, who know nothing about history or economics.

  • lmapheto - 2012-08-02 15:21

    Just how different will you be Mr. Tsvangirai? Only President Mugabe knows the basis for Economics is LAND...he might have emotionally dealt with the issue but...40years down the line while most of you pessimists will be ancestors he will be remembered as a for providing youth with Jobs you remind me of our very own DA leader Hon H Zille...if you break down the word provision of jobs for youth...its just another psychological word to ensure that aboriginals stay at subordinate level and forget about leadership and ownership...i suggest that you all read the article AFRICA IN FACT ISSUE 3 AT to better understand the situation we are faced with...thank you Max Dupree for calming farmers who don’t care about the politics of this country and the direction they are taking...some of you don’t bother to just write in vain and hate...that cant be tolerated. My boss is here gotta go...

      gaby.hide.3 - 2012-08-02 21:47

      Great read, thank you.

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-08-02 16:31

    'Values 0f the liberation struggles' - what values?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-03 07:25

      Sacrifice, camaradarie, honesty, unselfishness.

  • Mzimba58 - 2013-04-28 14:00

    This is Dull Prime Minister!! When Black Africa was fighting for Freedom to Misrule ourselves it was meant that, One Generation after the other would Change development Strategies in line with Economic Pragmatism and Dynamism of time!! All Tsivangarai need to do is to embrace Economic Struggle which for Africa in a process that need alot of investment in Education for the Youth and Job Creation by Leaders of today not the Mandelas to plan for your smooth sailing!! You have to have Education and Vision to Plan and Look to the Future!! Otherwise shape out and be a Farmer!!

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