Zim: Villagers run amok over foreign doc

2012-08-17 12:07

Cape Town - Zimbabwean police on Thursday arrested at least 12 villagers after they allegedly turned violent during a protest against the "transfer" of a white Canadian doctor based at Howard Mission Hospital in Chiweshe.

The state owned Herald online said on Friday that police had to fire teargas to disperse about 1 000 violent protesters at the hospital.

The demonstration allegedly started after Dr Paul Thistle was served with a letter by Salvation Army officers stating that he should vacate the hospital.

A witness said rowdy youths from villages around the hospital were joined by staff in the demonstration.

"They attacked the Salvation Army officers who brought the transfer letter and overturned a white pick-up truck."

Riot police were called in to stop the demonstration after police were reportedly attacked with stones and other weapons.

Police said they were investigating the case to bring those responsible for the violence to book.

Those interviewed said they wanted Dr Thistle to remain at the hospital, saying he was dedicated to serving the Chiweshe com­munity.

  • Spiral - 2012-08-17 12:19

    lol! Its like the script for a National geographic scene. - 2012-08-17 18:51

      you know will not change, africans (i know not all, so start making a difference/ distinction and distance yourself from the rest) is too is always about color.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-08-17 12:42

    You cant make this crap up.........

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-17 12:44

    They rioted as they know a replacement Dr from Cuba was on his way

      Eduannn - 2012-08-17 13:03

      One of my friends is a Cuban doctor (or used to be) - been here for over 8 years now. A true gentleman and a really really nice guy. Also apparently a very good Doctor - he now heads up the local government hospital I was told. You would also like him immediately if you met him.

      steveroodt - 2012-08-17 13:09

      Will Admit that some of them are good but when you cut a persons throat open to remove tonsils as what happened in Addington Hospital a few years back You can keep your Cuban Doctors

  • lovemore.mutawu - 2012-08-17 13:11

    Whoever is behind this sinister move of ths gud doctor should forever burn in hell!

  • simon.sinimoni - 2012-08-17 13:52

    must be a bloody good doctor.He has lived there for 16 years and married a local black nurse.He learned the local Shona language .Very dedicated doc and stays out of local politics

  • - 2012-08-17 18:50

    you know will not change, africans (i know not all, so start making a difference/ distinction and distance yourself from the rest) is too is always about color.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-08-17 19:49

    More Hospital deaths. Why not keep him. He is obviously dedicated to the cause.

  • dsundire - 2012-08-17 20:29

    Just goes to show that generally, foreigners are welcome in Zim

      stanton.clarke - 2012-08-18 00:43

      Unless they are white British Colonials.........LOL.

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-08-18 07:20

      ... Or gay.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-17 20:53

    Pity they never felt the same way about the farmers who were feeding them and who's farms they stole.

      seymore.butt - 2012-08-18 06:05

      they would have if those farmers were actually helping make the lives of people around them better instead of just using them as cheap labour and treat them like animals to fill their own coffers.

      henk63 - 2012-08-18 07:19

      @seymore - you have a very skewed idea of how farmers treat their workers. It was actually not the workers who revolted against their own bosses, but..... But why am I telling you this? Your mind is made up already.

  • tommo.too - 2012-08-18 03:00

    Please make up your mind Zimbabwe!!! Do you or dont you want white people in your country????

      simon.sinimoni - 2012-08-18 06:14

      you should have phrased the question like 'make up your mind,do you or do you not want honest people?'It has never been about race,it has always been the victimisation of groups of people who dare criticise institutionalised lying.Honest truth is most people here do not give a hoot about your skin colour.when people refer to your colour here in a derogatory manner they do not mean your skin,they mean a certain negative behaviour you may be exhibiting which is common to a certain race.So when one says mubhunu (afrikaans or whites) is no good it simply means that one white person and does not include kirsty coventry,david coltart or you the ordinary white man minding your own business.twisted logic but it works.Good rule here-black or white stay out of politics and live under the radar,just walk out if it gets uncomfortable

      tommo.too - 2012-08-18 09:58

      At simon. That its not about race in Zimbabwe?? What absolute rubbish! Its only about race for ZANU PF.

      simon.sinimoni - 2012-08-18 10:31

      @tommy if u are white and happen to be honest then u r in trouble from some politicians,if u are black u face the same fate.Happened pre 1980 and its happening now although it is marketed as racism.tough but one should acquire the skill of noting what direction the wind is blowing then skip away to safety just in time.Oh by the way i am black and i know lots of whites who are not 'white' and lots of blacks who are not 'black'

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-08-18 10:34

    Now theres a good a damn good reason to protest....a community that appreciates the value it is getting and will fight to preserve it. A really refreshing stroy compared to protest stories in SA

  • Jacques - 2012-08-19 11:22

    Last year a Zimbabwean working for me returned to Zim after struggling with kidney stones. I asked why he was returning he said medical services were better in Zim than SA. When I asked him how that was possible he said that Europeans were running the hospitals. And that’s why things won’t change, because foreign aid enables Zim politicians to concentrate on their own agendas. Go figure.

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