Mugabe 'Africa's all-time greatest man'

2012-09-06 14:03

Cape Town - Zimbabwe's higher education minister has described President Robert Mugabe as one of "Africa’s all-time greatest men", saying even enemies of the 88-year old leader have envied his "encyclopaedic" memory, wisdom and courage.

Introducing Mugabe who was the guest of honour at the official launch of a Research and Intellectual Expo 2012 in Harare, Stan Mudenge spoke glowingly of the Zanu-PF leader for more than 20 minutes, according to NewsDay online.

Mudenge described Mugabe as a "colossal figure, a fountain of knowledge and wisdom, a teacher, father, a fearless and consistent politician".

"He has been rated one of Africa's all-time greatest men," Mudenge gushed.

He said Finance Minister Tendai Biti, who is also MDC secretary general, had showered Mugabe with praises that matched those of former United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray, who admitted Mugabe was intelligent and had a sharp memory.

"The Zimbabwean ambassador to Senegal, Trudy Stevenson... said the Senegalese say Mugabe is the greatest man who has stood firm against the colonisers," Mudenge said.

"If all this is from his enemies, what will I say, a person who has worked with him?", he said.

Mugabe shook his head while the auditorium burst into laughter.

When he took to the podium, Mugabe simply said: "After all what the minister of higher education has said and the various praises, I would like to say I, in a humble way, feel honoured to be invited to this event of academic dignitaries."

Mugabe is the chancellor of all state universities in Zimbabwe.

  • jaba.kov - 2012-09-06 14:10

    He also has the ‘greatest’ amount of African blood on his hands.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-09-06 14:55

      I was about to say the same.

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-06 15:11

      *WHHAHHAAA HHAAA CHORTLE ROFL .....* .. and there I was thinking that Juju was the greatest ever African Man. Er... fascinating comment made by Zim's Min of 'higher' education. Anybody know if syphilis can eat away at an infected person's brain?

      allhaleto.theale - 2012-09-06 16:23

      Bwahahahahaha......wait wait.....bwahahahahahahahhaaaaaa.....News24 is now doing comedy.

      jacowium - 2012-09-06 17:11

      Please tell me, Stanley Masebe, why do Africans need "the west" or "the east" to improve their lives? Don't you have a desire to get off your backside and achieve something on your own? Hmm, that's why your life will never improve, sorry to say.

      oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-09-06 17:28

      I know exactly what you talking about,alan.You've just reminded me of how it ate the brains of those Europeans who arrived here in their three ships. And guess what, syphilis can be passed to the unborn child from either infected parent, maybe that is the reason we are stuck with their brain-screwed-up generations in South Africa.Think about it, seriously!

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-06 18:57

      There is no hope for Africans that agree with this statement.

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-06 19:23

      Sigh! Look at the picture! Im seeing a less intelligent gorilla!

      juannepierre - 2012-09-06 19:31

      @Stanley, have you ever been to Maropeng? It might enlighten you as to where all humans come from, so technically white people didn't take the land from anyone as much as they just came back. And if Zimbabwe is so great, why do I employ seven zimbos?

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-06 19:48

      He is a violent murderer who has killed (by his goons) hundreds of thousands of innocent Zimabwean citizens (99% black).He has detroyed an entire country and it's economy - and this is Africa's greatest man. God help Africa... for those brain-dead ANC supporters: why are there 4 million Zimbo's in South Africa?

      Provence - 2012-09-06 19:54

      Dear stanley.masebe, what can one say to someone like you other than, " a true Mugabe disciple." I'm so sorry you ended up thinking the way you do. Someone owes you big time for twisting your grey matter so badly. Rest in peace.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-07 11:25

      Stanley Masebe, please tell your fellow countrymen and women in our country what a Godsend Mugabe is and that they need to get home. Please inform our government that there is no need to lend Mugabe any money because within ten years uncle BOb will be walking on water and you will be there to dry his feet. I feel sorry for you, I really do.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-09-07 21:49

      Poor Stan is just looking after his job! He reminds me a little of the ANC sycophants we have here. Without Zanu PF employing him, he would probably be a battling nobody in a country destroyed by his great hero.

      dan.cooper.9634 - 2012-09-08 01:01

      Hey dont knock Rob Mugabe . He kept his promises . Before the Zim dollar was discontinued he made EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD in Zim first a Milionare and then a BILLIONARE . No other president in the world did that for his countrymen . A country that consist 100% out of billionares , Well done BOB , you are my hero . I just cant understand why all these antimaterialistic zimbos flee their bilionare status to come and live in poverty here in South Africa

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-06 14:11

    He was probably forced to make this statement...or else...

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-09-06 14:36

      Robber Mugarbage the great leader??? Hell boet, wrong month as the 1st of April is still too far off for this type of joke!

      rbphiri - 2012-09-06 14:37

      Stan Mudenge was clearly forced to make this speech...I would also think Mugabe is the greatest think that ever happened to Zim, if I was also held at gun point.

      piet.strydom - 2012-09-06 14:48

      Actually, Mugabe is very intelligent. He has more than one doctorate, earned, not honorary, at recognised Western universities. Put his intelligence to crappy use though....

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-06 15:20

      Best 1st of April statement I have in years.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-06 14:13

    I agree, he is the master of disaster. Look what he did with his own country. Same principle our government is following. Live rich and stuff the rest of the people.

  • chris.shield - 2012-09-06 14:14

    Fishing for another stolen farm methinks...

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-06 14:16

    Tell us another joke.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-09-06 14:53

      I agree I'm calling: "cough cough BS!"

  • Ecosse.Nkosi - 2012-09-06 14:18

    The Mugape is doomed for an eternal stay in Hell

      dan.cooper.9634 - 2012-09-08 01:04

      @Ecosse.Nkosi Dont doom him to hell. How do you think he became President of Zim ??? Because Zim and Africa wanted him , and honestly if I look at the african people Bob and Zumer is the type of leaders they deserve

  • andres.dewet - 2012-09-06 14:18

    HAHA! So wise and courageous, he presided over hyperinflation and economic collapse, what a wise man indeed!

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-06 15:04

      He must be the only person in his cabinet that is wise when the very same cabinet fell for a Sangoma telling them that she can make diesel appear out of a rock

  • harald.voney - 2012-09-06 14:22

    Give that man a farm!!!

      Klaus - 2012-09-06 15:06

      No, he has already 6 or 8 or.....excluding his wife's, his family's

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-06 14:30

    Nelson Mandela is the greatest African of all time. This moegoe mugabe is a stupid joke

  • Bob - 2012-09-06 14:31

    Yeah well with HGH injections at US$10,000 a pop once a week for the last 2 decades we would all have great memory and defy ageing!

  • rbphiri - 2012-09-06 14:32

    Greatest my rear! Compared to Mugabe, my wife's cooking skills are great, sticking my manhood in a bee hive is great, having malema as my child is great...well let me not push it...having malema is just plane cr@p. A rectal examination in prison is great, a 3some with Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell or Jocelyn Wildenstein is great! News24 please delete the wife part of my comment...she just renewed her gun licence. Thanks

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  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-06 14:33

    Obviously they have had their head up mugabe's you know what. They need to come up for some fresh air. When they do maybe they will see the destruction he has done. This guy is going to be resurected and will come back to suffer like the people who lived under him suffered.

      Klaus - 2012-09-06 15:08

      dark & windy future prospects

  • Alfjoe - 2012-09-06 14:42

    If he had resigned in 2000, yes i would have been agreeing with ds stupid old man called mudhenge.

  • iwance.wasdere - 2012-09-06 14:45

    I needed a good laugh today! Bwhahahahahaa!

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-09-06 14:46

    My big fat ASS.... Mugabe ALL TIME GREATEST MAN... WHAT A JOKE.. Yes he is GREATEST man, with all the BLOOD that he has on his hands.. Sorry to say would love to see someone put a bullet in his head, so that we could see a happy Zim again.

  • nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-09-06 14:48

    Maybe in opposite world yea!

  • richard.zanner - 2012-09-06 14:49

    What measure did he use to judge the man, let me guess fear of persecution. Name one good thing he did.

  • lourens.rossouw.3 - 2012-09-06 14:50

    Thanks for the joke News24, I really needed that. BTW, why are reporting such bull.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-06 14:52

    The minister obviously doesnt get out much!

  • kobus.oelofse.3 - 2012-09-06 14:54

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA WHAT A JOKE .... HOLD ON ... IM ROFLING ... OMW ... HAHAHAHAHA AND HES THE GREATEST MAN... HAHAHAHAHHA piet strydom .... those doctrates come from the spaza shop on retief street. dont be fooled.

  • arno.botha.71 - 2012-09-06 14:54

    they say what they must to ensure their boss is pleased.

  • alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-06 14:55

    Mugabe is the africa's most educated president in all times, but things has went wrong when he understood black empowerment by expelling his zimbabwean white citizens from their farms, which led into a complete economic failure and financial crisis in zimbabwe.

  • Leon - 2012-09-06 14:57

    Santa Claus also has a great memory, also old as crap and also wears red, just not on his hands....... I'll rather nominate the jolly old fat guy who doesn't exists.

  • michelle.blackie - 2012-09-06 14:59

    I see someone hasn't taken their medication again!

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  • lucas.chingonzo - 2012-09-06 15:00

    Thats true cde Mugabe 4 life l wil vote 4 you

      rontheogre - 2012-09-06 17:24

      If it is for life, then thankfully or mercifully it wont be for long once you move back to Zim. It is easy to punt a despot while enjoying the fruits of another country's riches, isn't it? Go back to Mutare to experience being Zimbabwean again without the SA rand in your pocket, then well talk.

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-09-08 06:14

      I hope you are NOT living in South Africa. If you are please go home

  • hamilton.tspoon - 2012-09-06 15:00

    A greatest man indeed. He risked the economy of the country for the better feature of it. I salute this man!!!

      Watkykj - 2012-09-06 15:04

      I salute ur stupidity. He made NO sacrifices! The people of Zim suffered under this animal! I hope u meet the same sticky end that a lot of his victims went through!

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-06 15:16

      and the better 'feature' is...? Anyways.. back to the future for me

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-09-08 06:16

      Hamilton, what tree did you fall out of? Must have landed on your head and suffered brain damage. If you are living in RSA, please go home and enjoy your life under Mugarbage's rule.

  • gvangreunen - 2012-09-06 15:03

    Mugabe is Africa's all-time greatest man - and that my friends is why Africa has been left behind in the dark ages!

  • Watkykj - 2012-09-06 15:07

    All u quite obviously horrendously stupid idiots that Mugabe is so good, why don't u fannies go live in Zims if u think he is doing such a great job?!?

  • karenadawkins - 2012-09-06 15:08

    WHAT A LOAD OF HOG WASH>>> PUN INTENDED>>>>he has occupied more than his share of air already please pass on and join Hitler and your "lovely" predecessors' already.....

  • charlesglass1895 - 2012-09-06 15:09

    So a man like Mugabe who has brought his country to its knees and caused so much pain and suffering is a greater man of Africa than Mandela? The best debaters in the world wouldn't be able to argue that... What a joke.

      rontheogre - 2012-09-06 17:31

      After reading this article I am seriously questioning all financial and food aid sent to Zim. Are they worth saving if they keep on cheering for the guy that is destroying Zim. Oh, wait, most of his cheerleaders are scavenging off South Africa and can afford computers, the internet and know where the next plate of food is coming from.

  • majwarha.balakisi - 2012-09-06 15:12

    Mugebe liberated his people from a brutal White minority rule, but before he could transform his country he had to help us liberate our country from a evil white rule. Mandela and others got it easy. On that note I agree he is the Greatest of all living African rules.

      James - 2012-09-06 15:15

      You know what, you guys get exactly what you deserve.

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-06 15:23

      eish Maj - I would love to give you a bus ticket to move there. Sounds like a land of paradise where the people have freedom of (ZANU-PF) speech, medication, food, petrol, elecrity.... you name it. Funny though how many of them risk crocodile infested rivers to hop the border to get work here....

      millionwatts1 - 2012-09-06 17:09

      Mugabe is way ahead of his time. At least he taught Zims to be masters of their destiny not a bunch of useless \yes-boss\ slaves we see these days.

      shawn.swiegers - 2012-09-06 19:02

      What a visionary! Bob did rescue the country from the grips of an evil white minority only to enslave them under endless paranoid propaganda and crushing poverty. He replaced a white minority with one selfish dictator... now that is progress

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-07 11:33

      Majwartha.balakisi. You are not suppose to sit on your brains.

      WysJouMys - 2012-09-07 22:42

      James, I agree! To hell with them. The "evil" white man should just let them carry on being the "masters" of their own "destiny". They must not come knocking on my door for my tax money to feed them while bob lives in the lap of luxury. Hey maj, dont think your new chinese baas will be dropping pap from airplanes when you starve...

      pisciotta - 2012-09-08 01:32

      Majwarha - The one thing Bob can't do is make you white and we all know your are angry that you were born black.

  • wayne.jones.1422 - 2012-09-06 15:13

    If he is the greatest... there is absolutely no hope for this continenT

  • Phillipa.Parsons - 2012-09-06 15:14

    To one man he is the greatest. He is not the greatest to every man.

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-06 15:24

      looks like there is a second person above who also thinks that. (they may be related).

  • joanita.hilton - 2012-09-06 15:18

    Zimbabwe's higher education minister has described President Robert Mugabe as one of "Africa’s all-time greatest men",<<< this dude needs to share what he is smokin

      rontheogre - 2012-09-06 17:35

      He has been brown nosing it as Christmas is round the corner and Santabob only gives presents to good little boys.

  • Bfoq.Za - 2012-09-06 15:18

    I am on the floor with laughter! This is the best joke by far!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-09-06 15:22

    Excuse me while I piss my pants. I suppose fatboy could be nominated for second place. What a joke.

  • attie.mostert.9 - 2012-09-06 15:24

    Malema and Robert would make a nice couple pfffft. How stupid and simple mided do you have to be?

  • craig.a.salter - 2012-09-06 15:34

    omg did I realy just read this. I can feel my brain melt at this artical, if he is the greatest man in africa that must make juju a fantastic leader and not a opertunistic bum

  • 19SideWaysView - 2012-09-06 15:42

    I thought April 1 had come and gone

  • cobusvanstaden0506 - 2012-09-06 15:43

    Heard Woolworths are making him their new chaiman

  • mart.botha - 2012-09-06 15:47

    It just goes to show that even with a below average IQ you too can become higher education minister....if you know and 'suck up' to the right dictator!!

  • eposius.fulious - 2012-09-06 15:51

    Mugabe, a fine example of the leadership that Africa experiences.

  • bhingisankore.tafari - 2012-09-06 16:00

    Very very true...mugabe and dedan kimati are harder than the rest. A book called the bible say ...ow daughter babylon who art to be destroyed happy shall be he that rewarded thee as thou has served us pslam 137 the most dignifyd black has done just that to the off springs of elizabeth, rothchilds, kisingers, lenins, hitlers, smith zille.. Zindibad mugabe uphile ngonaphakade ndoda we shall wash yo feet

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-09-08 06:20

      sounds like zol speaking here.

  • isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2012-09-06 16:14

    apartheid was the best gvnt in south africa i mean wat has these blacks lyk mandela and zuma done for black south africans who live in shacks lyk animals.mugabe is way better at least zimboz nw own deir land wat abt black s africans nothing

      mbuzi.khumbula - 2012-09-06 17:41

      you dont know anything about Mandela, just shut up!

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-09-08 06:20

      and Zimbos don't live in shacks? Puhleese!

      LanfearM - 2012-09-08 08:37

      Yup isaac.tapfumaneyi.5! The Zimbabweans now their land, and are happily starving on it. The apartheid government was shyte, as well you know.

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  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-06 16:17

    For a second i misread the statement and somewhere in my mind i thought of Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande - lol. I am still laughing at some of the comments, really killed me.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-09-06 16:30

    All depends on your point of view. From the African point of view he surely rates very highly. Personally I think he is a murderer and a thief.

      isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2012-09-06 16:41

      like you lol

      madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-06 17:10

      He is the son of soil of Africa u like it or not he is our hero as Blacks People and he show the whole world that he can stand firm that us here is South Africa we always thinking about so called investors who steal from our Country. Viva Malima viva we support u In Nationalize Mines and we must share Land.

      trav.seeker - 2012-09-06 17:28

      @ madoda - I also support Malima, it's that idiot Malema who I can't stand.

      rontheogre - 2012-09-06 17:39

      Madoda, go ask Bob what he did with your share of Zimplats shares and mining rights. When you do your homework you will notice that he has already sold it to the highest bidder!

      kagiso.sebolai - 2012-09-06 17:59

      Like Botha,bush,blair etc...n he stole nothing from anyone

      LanfearM - 2012-09-08 08:38

      @ madoda.monamudi - yup, he stands firm and let his people starve!

  • witwolf.digter - 2012-09-06 17:05

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Supposed to be a freakin' joke right? idiot...

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-06 17:05

    He is the son of soil of Africa Viva Robert Mugabe, u stand firm in all situation. His cabinet is not failing administration like the country that I love I won't mention. We need him in South Africa to Advice our Cabinet so that they can improve in service dilivery and know how to run the Country. Viva Robert Mugabe Viva we support in struggle.

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-09-08 06:21

      Please go and live there