IT IS said never to laugh at other people’s failures because, as it is also said, what goes around comes around.
About a decade ago, we South Africans watched in almost bovine insouciance as thousands of Zimbabweans left their country in droves, crossing borders into various regional countries - especially ours - to escape a mad, paranoid, ageing despot who continues to parade as a president.
Supporting this madness was the party led by the same despot, even as he gets older and less coherent in everything he says and does. The few Zimbabweans who dared stand up and speak truth to power were crushed. They were either imprisoned or killed, made to disappear from the face of the earth with whatever remained of them disposed of in places yet to be found.