Zimbabweans brace for bleak holidays

2012-12-24 20:01

Harare - Zimbabweans say they are facing bleak holidays this year amid rising poverty, food and cash shortages and political uncertainty, with some describing it as the worst since the formation of the coalition government in this southern African nation.

President Robert Mugabe, in a four-year-old coalition with former opposition leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, announced an extra public holiday on Monday that has created chaos for holiday shoppers and travellers.

Banks have closed, ATMs have run out of cash and transport services have been paralysed.

With unemployment at 80%, many Zimbabweans have little to celebrate.

This caps a year of political uncertainty, a deadlock in constitutional reforms and calls for elections in coming months, seen as critical for Mugabe, 88, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980.

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-12-24 20:08

    With a despot in power what do you expect. Take note South Africans

  • lulu.shezi - 2012-12-24 20:21


  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-12-24 20:44

    sorry for you all yet I am afraid we are heading the same way to all and eveyone have a blessed xmas!!!!!

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-12-24 23:42

      why do you write in long sentences with out using proper punctuation it gives everyone a bloody headache and i cant help but to use the voice of Liewe Heksie to read it happy holidays to you as well!!!!

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-25 16:53


  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-24 20:47

    here's a scary thought to ponder: history will recall that those that voted for Mugabe, look alot like those that voted for Zuma..

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-12-24 21:11

    Of course can't blame good old Bob, just blame the coalition!! Well vote for Bob again….sure he will fix it….good!

  • wizba - 2012-12-24 21:14

    When are we going to learn as africans that when a person fail to deliver in one term,the chances are there that the person can fail to deliver on the second term,we often often say maybe the second,third,fourth until the situation become worse that is what happened in zim,the man only cares about himself.MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-24 22:46

      To be fair to the people of Zimbabwe, they did vote ZANU-PF out but because of the oddities of diplomatic relations in SADEC, Bob and friends were allowed to remain in control of what was supposed to be a coalition govt. Despite all their laws, processed and procedures, they will sit with Bob until he perishes. No matter how many votes against him. It's not rational, it's not fair but it *is* a system that SADEC has endorsed.

  • hughmupfunya - 2012-12-24 21:40

    as a Zimbabwean myself. I feel this is exaggerate......

  • psaurombe - 2012-12-24 21:48

    which Zimbabwe is this reporter talking about? Banks were closed today because it was a public holiday, cash is there in atms, shops are full, people are shopping and enjoying christmass. Stop lying....

      nhla.prv - 2012-12-24 23:51

      These reporters are airheads at times !

  • Joe Motlokwa - 2012-12-24 22:04

    wow you are in south africa enjoyin ur democracy sayin u will vote 4 ur bob but yet u knw well poverty is taking it toll thr

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-12-24 23:53

      Incoherent, the first part of your sentence makes it look like you are for Zim, the second it looks like you're for SA. Anyway, viva whatever you want to call education in Zim or SA.

      magaisada - 2012-12-25 08:36

      Your democracy????, nemutyire wamunoita varungu kudaro? Bharanzi

  • zuma.compound - 2012-12-24 22:27

    Zimbabweans stood idle and watched mad Bob steal white owned farms. Let them starve. Its time they learnt that there are consequences to their hatred of white people.

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-24 22:50

      @kensong Bob has millions of loyal Zimbabwean (and South African) supporters.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-24 23:22

      ..and the military, all the weapons the Chinese can provide. Anyone imagining that Zimbabwe is a Democracy is sorely deluded. SADEC and the AU must put an end to this 'quiet diplomacy' BS and stand up for the people they swear they represent.

      monica.borrageiro - 2012-12-24 23:38

      Kenoseng go and read what Honest wrote. He idolises Ol Bob

      mzilikazi.khumalo.35 - 2012-12-25 09:44

      First, they came for the ndebele, nobody said anything. Then they came for the farmers, and still nobody said anything.

  • dbo.kacebisa - 2012-12-25 04:52

    Its not about race monica but the quality of leadership and the will to implement progressive policies

      henk63 - 2012-12-25 20:33

      True dbo, but in the end it boils down to race. Whether we like it or not.

  • werner.luitingh - 2012-12-25 07:03

    To think under Ian Smith, Rhods (Zim) was the bread basket of Africa...

      magaisada - 2012-12-25 08:39


      henk63 - 2012-12-25 20:33

      @magasaida - I take it you disagree with that statement? Please elaborate.

  • magaisada - 2012-12-25 08:32

    News 24 needs to get real. Am in Zim now and nothing like what that story depicts is happening. Cash is awash at ATMs, transport flowing, fuel cheaper than in RSA and the extra day has allowed people to save on movement since majority of Zimbos have 2 homes, one urban and the traditional rural one. Food shortages???? Please, lets get real here. This story must have been taken from the News 24 2006 archives. Zimbabwe has had its problems but this story is pure fabrication and i wonder what the writer and editor were trying to achieve.

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-12-25 09:36

      I really hope so, a prosperous southern Africa will be great for everyone. And it will help keep the radical Islamist from pushing even further downwards.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-25 16:36

      Can't comment, as I don't know what to believe...

      louis.pienaar1 - 2012-12-25 20:21

      Nic, don't worry, we all get to that point. The thing is not to over think it. The fact is that you don't need belief to know what is right. Baby steps my man. Just make sure that the legacy you leave behind works for all.

  • david.g.fosse - 2012-12-25 12:38

    Who gives a F$%#,they will vote that idiot Bob in again and if he dies another super moron will voted in .The only problem with the 80% unemployed means we will have to put up with thousands more of those criminal Zimbabweans coming into SA.

      magaisada - 2012-12-25 17:49

      sad, very sad indeed

      james.chatindo - 2012-12-29 13:03

      What makes you think we vote for him, and if you think we come coz we like it here you are wrong. Always remember the world is a circle one day it will be on your side.

  • maluxionn - 2012-12-25 13:41

    It is hard to believe which is which here bcos media has been proven that it can lie as it was the case with this journo who lied about Ramaphosa en subsiquently resigned,at the other end you will never trust those pro Mugabe here who are dismissing this story as a lie bcos even when it was clear in the past that that country was in a chaotic state they would vehemently deny that en discard it as a propaganda from the west.But I'm going to give News24 a benefit of the doubt in this story that even though it can be exagerated there is element of truth in it unlike those people who defend Mugabe irrespect of the truth.

      magaisada - 2012-12-25 17:48

      Believe what you what Dude but we are have a great time in Zim, irregardless of the News24 lies

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-25 14:12

    This "HITLER" of Africa has a twin, in South Africa = "THE MONSTER ZUMA!!!!"

  • jacqui.millin - 2012-12-25 15:08

    All the leaders in Africa is just puppets to the new world order! They not even going to be part of the order! They need weak leaders that they can take over! Ha ha! Also go research how these guys controls population growth!

      henk63 - 2012-12-25 20:38

      There is no control in population growth. It is totally out of control, and gtting more so by the day.

  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-25 16:31

    Not lakka....

  • patrick.foya1 - 2012-12-25 18:55

    South africans, i have said it before dat it's not lyk what you think about us of being dumb by voting Mugabe in.There is no election in Zim, we out voted zanu pf in every election held but the results always decteted in the old man's favor.

      henk63 - 2012-12-25 20:41

      Then overthrow Mugabe. Assasinate him. Revolt against his misrule. Use your numbers and don't run away to the south. Reverse the damage Mugabe has done. It won't be easy but it must be done.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-25 22:19

      @henk63 - with what? ZANU-PF control the military, the currency, the economy and have very powerful Chinese friends. The AU and SADEC's agreement to this ongoing tyranny is a travesty not only of the laws of Zimbabwe but the laws of the world. Some country is going to have to send in food, armaments, train people to create a revolution that will succeed. No-one's prepared to step-up and the Zimbabwean people on their own cannot. They don't even have water or food and the despots have all the fire power.

      henk63 - 2012-12-26 10:12

      @lacrimosewolf - With what, they must figure out themselves. They must become what Mugabe was when he led the insurgency until he toppled the civilized Rhodesian government. They must take a few pages from his own handbook. He killed his own people who preferred peace. He slaughtered innocents who was against ruining the country. It may seem impossible, but they must become even less human than he is. They only respect cruelty and violence, so give it to them. You know, I don't know why we even care. When Mugabe unleashed his wrath on the whites, they all celebrated. White South Africans warned against exactly what is happening now, but black Africans including Mandela and Mbeki pointed out that it's the African way. Silent diplomacy they said. So I would rather let them steam it out on the dungheap they created.

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-25 22:26

    Don,t blame the coalition Bob the bushcat f~~cked the place up early eighties!

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