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Mpumelelo Mkhabela | South Africa must learn from what happened in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe clenches his fist, in July 1984 in Harare stadium during a meeting. (Alexander Joe, AFP)
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe clenches his fist, in July 1984 in Harare stadium during a meeting. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

What happened in Zimbabwe was a case study of how obsession with power transforms a well-meaning leader who fought for the freedom of his people into a leader who presides over their oppression, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

In what became his last appearance at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2017, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe gave a decent speech. For the brutal dictator that he was, the use of the word decent to describe any of his actions does not sound decent at all.

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