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Mondli Makhanya | Beware the Zanu-PF threat

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 ? Protesters recently sent their message to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government made clear. "Mthwakazi" refers to residents of Matabeleland and the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe. Picture: Reuters
? Protesters recently sent their message to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government made clear. "Mthwakazi" refers to residents of Matabeleland and the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe. Picture: Reuters

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The country was facing a humanitarian, economic and political crisis, and was teetering on the brink of becoming a failed state. The inflation rate had rendered the country’s currency worthless; supermarket shelves were empty; and the agricultural sector had been devastated by farm invasions and the exodus of commercial farmers. Being an election year, state-sanctioned violence was at its height – a mark of Zanu-PF’s commitment to open democracy.

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