Robert Mugabe is cruel - minister

2012-10-29 09:59

Cape Town - Zimbabwe's Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma has branded President Robert Mugabe as "cruel" for the "incessant arrests and beatings [of opposition supporters] under the pretext of maintaining order and applying the rule of law" in the country.

Mangoma - who is also MDC deputy treasurer-general - was addressing the families of 31 Glen View activists who are in remand prison for the murder of a policeman in May last year, The Zimbabwe Mail reported on Monday.

"Mugabe holds the key to violence and peace... If he tells his people to stop violence they will obey," he said.

"This was evidenced by the peace that prevailed at the just ended Copac second All-Stakeholders’ Conference that his word is law.

"There was no violence because Mugabe ordered them to peace. If he lets loose then you all know it will be mayhem."

Mangoma claimed there was selective application of the law, and that was the reason why the activists were being denied bail.

"Mugabe is cruel and shows this by incessant arrests and beatings under the pretext of maintaining order and applying the rule of law.

"But what kind of law separates these people accused of Petros Mutedza’s murder; while on the other hand a policeman accused of killing a gold panner in Shamva is out on bail?

"We have a colleague who was murdered in Mutoko, but the killers are walking free.

"Mugabe’s message is simple, he is saying everybody else stay away from politics except on a Zanu-PF ticket," said Mangoma.

  • marc.hugo.75 - 2012-10-29 10:09

    Mugabe is cruel. What Elton? Have just noticed this now? I have no mercy at all for any Zimbabweans. They have repeatedly voted Mugabe and his murdering communist thugs into power at every chance that they have been given for the past 24 years. That's what you get when your electorate are not competent to actually have a vote.

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-10-29 10:30

      Are u sure that the elections were free and fair. Have u ever heard of vote rigging?

      nick.collis.16 - 2012-10-29 10:40

      Marc , they haven't voted Mugabe in over the last 8 years . His control of the electoral machine and refusal to allow unbiased monitoring has resulted in two stolen elections.This is a possible scenario for South Africa in future, that a non delivering ANC finally loses the support of the masses.

      jasongavin.leroux - 2012-10-29 10:50

      mate as a Zimbabwean all i can say is... How the eff do you expect a new party to walk in parliament and just "hey, you, Mr. Mugabe, you are wrong and a terrorist and so we are now claiming this land free of the zanu pf as of right now." You do realize that after almost a quarter of a century of being president that Mr. Mugabe isnt going to let all his people that fought for freedom to just get on their way back to the village? You got another thing coming mate. If you think that oppression exists in sa, go to zim, i dare you... you haven't seen what oppression of the advantaged and disadvantaged looks like...

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-29 10:59

      They were "liberated" from a benign white master, let them enjoy the big brave black mans jackboots on their throats. Made their own bed,sleep in it then

      Jane - 2012-10-29 17:11

      Marc57, thats unfair, what about all the Zimbabweans who vote MDC in the hope of a better Zimbabwe. There are many of them who are against Mugabe, but unfortunatly are terrorised and beaten into submission. And also, there is no way that there elections are free and fair.

  • nick.d.hunt.3 - 2012-10-29 10:21

    Someone needs to take him out - come on Special Ops!

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-10-29 10:30

    He is going to arrest you again Elton for calling him a cruel man.They call it undermining the president.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-10-29 10:38

    Guess who's next in line for a beating

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-29 10:42

    I wish it weren't so, but if we continue running SA as we are, that is our future.

  • betsy.fulton.5 - 2012-10-29 11:00


  • donald.perumal - 2012-10-29 11:06

    Actually,according to one Floyd Shivambu Mugabe is a model leader who should be copied across Africa: One wonders what will happen in SA if we followed the ZANU PF mode.

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-10-29 11:50

    Long Live President Robert Gabriel Mugabe,show these crackers how its done.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-29 11:55

    And you have just noticed - gee who would have thought it.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-29 12:00

    His Logo is, Youv'e got to be cruel to be kind.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-29 12:52


  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-29 12:09

    They call it voters education.

  • profesas1 - 2012-10-29 12:41

    That monster is evil for sure, I lost relatives because of him during gukurahundi(meaning wiping off of the ndebele tribe) so I can say hez got the key(which is the army and police which he controls) to do anything

  • maredi.mello.75 - 2012-10-29 14:00

    Zimbabweans are cowards, period!

      Simon Chabuka - 2012-10-29 14:20

      why do u say zimbabweans are coward? its funny how south africans forget they only got their democracy in 1994 and no african country ever said they were cowards

      TheFatCanary - 2012-10-29 19:14

      maredi - if they cant get him out then I need to agree with you! Overthrow the bastard like what was done with Ghadaffi and Mubarak!

  • mfana.khuzwayo.1 - 2012-10-29 14:23

    I dont think people vote for him, but I think he has a magic to make all votes count on his favour :-)

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-29 16:01

    mogabe worse then the devil, or is he the devils himself?

  • msturmair - 2012-10-29 19:04

    ha ha ha u only realised this now....where u sleeping all these yrs....

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