SA xenophobia exposes Mugabe

HARARE - Firebrand war veteran and former Zanu PF legislator Margaret Dongo, pictured, has blamed the gruesome xenophobic attacks in South Africa — which have affected tens of thousands of desperate Zimbabweans living there — on President Robert Mugabe’s and Zanu PF’s “gross misrule” of the past 35 years.

In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Dongo said while xenophobia could never be condoned wherever this happened, the incontrovertible fact was that Zimbabwe’s endless political and economic crises due to Zanu PF’s misrule were “the real reason” why Zimbabweans were living as refugees in South Africa and other countries around the world.

She described as “a shame” the fact that Zimbabwe was marking 35 years of independence from Britain tomorrow while life for ordinary Zimbabwean was comparatively worse than it was in minority ruled Rhodesia — with the country's unemployment rate standing at more than 90 percent and industries closing weekly.

Dongo also said it was lamentable that while other relatively poorer countries, in terms of natural resources, such as Malawi had already put in place concrete plans to evacuate their nationals from South Africa, the broke Zimbabwean government was “largely talking” about the need to help its citizens.

“It is Zanu PF that is to blame for these xenophobic attacks on our own sons and daughters because they have driven people outside because of their poor policies.

“They are the ones who have caused hardships and the high unemployment rate, and they do not care about anyone because they are busy looting and building expensive mansions for themselves,” Dongo said.

Dongo spoke after Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi told the media on Wednesday that a Zimbabwean had died while 800 more had been displaced in the ongoing mayhem in South Africa, figures that pressure groups say are conservative considering the millions of Zimbabweans who eke out a living in that country.

Up to three million Zimbabweans, most of them illegal migrants, are estimated to live in South Africa — with South Africans routinely blaming foreigners of not just squeezing them out of scarce job opportunities, but also engaging in crime.

To underscore the dire situation in the country, economists have pointed out the horror fact that average incomes in Zimbabwe are now at their lowest levels in 60 years, with more than 76 percent of the country’s families now having to make do with less than $200 a month, well below the poverty datum line of more than $500.

In addition, it is projected that the economic malaise bedevilling the country will worsen this year and beyond, as Mugabe and his Zanu PF continue to demonstrate their gross incapacity to fix things.

Dongo said her erstwhile comrades in Zanu PF had elected “to bury their heads in the sand” when the ordinary people that they had driven out of the country due to their “disastrous policies” were trapped “between a rock and a hard place across the Limpopo”.

So bad was the situation, she added, that many Zimbabweans “dreaded the prospect” of coming back home because there was “nothing to come back home for” and thus would rather face death, xenophobia and uncertainty in South Africa.

“Those who are investing and building mansions in Zimbabwe and South Africa should be asked to focus on investments and their assets outside should be frozen. They should also be investigated to establish the source of their money kuti vaiona kupi (to establish how they massed their wealth),” Dongo added.

The country has been abuzz over the past few weeks owing to reports that the nouveau riche are building mansions both at home and in neighbouring South Africa as they choose to settle and invest in a more stable country.

Dongo said it was time that the anger of hungry Zimbabweans was turned towards the authors of the present hardships.

“Enough is enough, we cannot watch our children and friends die in this manner while the children of the powerful go to areas or countries where they are protected,” she said.

She said, ruefully, that freedom for the majority of Zimbabweans only existed “in theory and on the lips of rented crowds”.

This was the reason, she said, why the country urgently needed to take stock of why so many young people had chosen to sacrifice their lives and participate in the liberation struggle in the 1970s.

“Ndozvakafira vana kuhondo izvozvi zvekunoita nhapwa munedzimwe nyika (Is this the reason why our children died during the war to be serfs in other countries)?” she asked rhetorically.

Dongo also charged that most of the genuine war veterans who were still alive were wallowing in “abject poverty”, which was unnacceptable.

“And we have our anniversary on Saturday. What is there to celebrate, ndikokunonzi kupenga (celebrating independence in this State is madness),” she said.

 

Comments (29)

Mugabe thinks like the thugs in SA who are murdering, stealing what other have built or worked for. Mugabe has been killing his own destroyed the economy of Zimbabwe with idiotic policies. How does one call Mugabe a leader when he survives or killing unarmed civilians ( sends trained and armed soldiers to fight unarmed civilians) Duzvi ririnani pane Mugabe honestly. Such an old man who still believe in beating someone to love you, you still behave like a thug by stealing or manipulating votes to his favor. Mugabe is worse than a gay. He is inhuman. Kuti R G Mugabe ndokuri Dhiyabhurosi (Satan)

Gushaaz - 17 April 2015

Mugabe thinks like the thugs in SA who are murdering, stealing what other have built or worked for. Mugabe has been killing his own destroyed the economy of Zimbabwe with idiotic policies. How does one call Mugabe a leader when he survives or killing unarmed civilians ( sends trained and armed soldiers to fight unarmed civilians) Duzvi ririnani pane Mugabe honestly. Such an old man who still believe in beating someone to love you, you still behave like a thug by stealing or manipulating votes to his favor. Mugabe is worse than a gay. He is inhuman. Kuti R G Mugabe ndokuri Dhiyabhurosi (Satan)

Gushaaz - 17 April 2015

these guys do not care about people Dongo what they only want is their children .look as we say we are celebrating our independence they are forcing people to pay $2,00 torwards that yet people are failing to pay for exam fees they hiked recently

mr honest - 17 April 2015

the one pictured is not margaret dongo but uncle bob.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 17 April 2015

Maggie lead from the front. We want people who call a spade a spade. I like the manner Welsh Ncube spoke lets say it as it. Izvezi Robert mwana waPeter is in Dubai kkuchikoro yet very vacho varikutodzingwa chikoro Pashiriyedenga High and tosekerera mhata idzi its not on. We need to force a transition council to manage this country we no longer have conffidence in Muggavbe neZanu ya.ke.

nyimo - 17 April 2015

Maggie lead from the front. We want people who call a spade a spade. I like the manner Welsh Ncube spoke lets say it as it. Izvezi Robert mwana waPeter is in Dubai kkuchikoro yet very vacho varikutodzingwa chikoro Pashiriyedenga High and tosekerera mhata idzi its not on. We need to force a transition council to manage this country we no longer have conffidence in Muggavbe neZanu ya.ke.

nyimo - 17 April 2015

People, just boycott...don't go to the heroes acre lets see kuti anoita sei iye bob but unfortunately we always have people who will attend no matter what. Sometimes I think we are our own enemy.

redemption - 17 April 2015

Dongo is spot-on. While its evil whats happening in SA, lets not forget the source of this problem is Mugabe & his ZPF. I think its high time pple fight back, not the South Africans but Mugabe & his regime. These South Africans are in their country and therz little we can do to change the way they behave but I think our focus should be confronting this evil at home (mugabe & ZPF). Wish we would have the courage and resources to fight back, enough is enough, ZIZI harina nyanga iri vakomana.

hwindi - 17 April 2015

Dongo is spot-on. While its evil whats happening in SA, lets not forget the source of this problem is Mugabe & his ZPF. I think its high time pple fight back, not the South Africans but Mugabe & his regime. These South Africans are in their country and therz little we can do to change the way they behave but I think our focus should be confronting this evil at home (mugabe & ZPF). Wish we would have the courage and resources to fight back, enough is enough, ZIZI harina nyanga iri vakomana.

hwindi - 17 April 2015

As a dictator Mugabe does not care about the Zimbabweans who under xenophobic attacks in SA.He believes whoever ran away from Zim to SA,is a sellout and a sympathiser of the opposition and as such they should be made to suffer for not being patriotic.We are being led by an insane old, old limping donkey called R.G.Mugabe who put himself into power.

Cde Dokora - 17 April 2015

Politically immature and full of excuses Dongo. I bet u ten years from now you will still point fingers. Lead by example. We are not stupid anymore. We want people with clear cut ideas/policies to vote for. I am not voting because None of you political morons have got any policies in place to undo the rot. Just shut up Margaret Dongo if you think we want to listen to the blame game. Same for you Obert Gutu. Tsvangirai you are just as bad don't get too comfortable too.

levelheaded - 18 April 2015

Levelheaded be level like your name . Why do you talk of voting when you know voting as a process has failed to liberate us? How many times have we voted ? Who won? Voting will never liberate us from this maniac. If voting was a process he respects tsvangirai should be at statevhouse right now. What are you afraid of ? Dying? We are doying right now. What are we really waiting for 2018. So the devils rig again and get away with it. No . Let oppostion politics mature. The problem is tsvangirai and other opposition leaders like to pay lip service to our problems. Why ? Because he is also building mansions and has five six houses. Why because he like the taste of sugar and not the smell of bullets.

Rafael santos - 18 April 2015

@ levelheaded, i am failing to understand whether we are reading from the same article.She never asked for you to vote for her.You are a clearly a brainwashed person who can not address the real issues.Stay with your vote and nobody will beg you except your master...If she is politically immature, what barometer did you use and at what level are you?I bet you will be on the negative side of the scale.

Tahir Iqbal - 18 April 2015

You can spent all your time talking about mugabe but the answer is with us zimbabweans tinonyanya kumutya hezvo otoita madiro nenyika. Ngati mubvisei ndo pane mhinduro. Kana pakaita imwe party inopinda yahwinha maelections unozongoona vese votievera,yeukai kti vazhinji vari kumupa mbiri aive madzakutsaku vanongo tevera kunoenda mhepo.

Chitsiga - 18 April 2015

Most people don't read between the line's Mugabe does not have Zimbabwean blood we all know that he is from Malawi so he does not care the suffering of Zimbabweans. Because havaziveropa

prophet - 18 April 2015

Yes she is right, ZANU PF is entirely to blame for the Zimbabweans who are suffering in Mzansi. They are the ones who caused people to leave homes in search of life. The other culprit is the South African government who when Mbeki was president lied to the UN that there was no crisis in Zimbabwe when we anchored our hopes on that meeting where the the UN was wlling to help theZimbabwean povo. The diabolic Thabo Mbeki sold us for a pittance so he can have his hands on Zimbabwean platinum. Get rid of these AU old stock and Africa will be truely liberated.

Never - 18 April 2015

Mugabe is the one who murdered 30,000 - Gukurahundi - yet he points a finger at SA. Mugabe is the one who has stolen 27 farms and counting. Mugabe, along with his prostitute, is the one who bankrupted Zimbabwe. Mugabe is the one who stole multiple elections. Mugabe is the last person on this earth who can point a finger at anyone.

Madulla - 18 April 2015

We are paying for the sins of the majority. Why are people still voting Mugabe? Even if he kills some, he will never kill the whole country! Why are we such cowards. I have never seen such cowards in my life. You prefer kufa senhapwa ku South Africa kunekugadzira nyika yenyu chokwadi?!

Phaphamani - 19 April 2015

Since Dongo fought against the Smith regime, she is equally to blame , you should have fought against zanla, do not waste our time by cheap politicking. you have no idea whatsoever, but just waiting to criticize the government of the day. Stop barking through the daily lice.

reason - 20 April 2015

There is no excuse for what South Africans did, the fact that zimbabweans are in their country looking for employment is not an excuse for them to kill another human being,on this instance we should be pointing fingers at the evil deeds of South Africans not the Government,people will always migrate weither the economy is good or not,Vakutijairira ma South Africans ava vakajaidzwa kunyika kwavo ikoko

Justice - 20 April 2015

The image is fake then how about the ideas. The fake oriented journalist who try to lead fellow Zimbabweans to their colonial metality beware most of us are undergoing decolonisation of mind and you will be left faking alone. Very few people are trusting indigenous sources of information because they are always far from the truth and also political than economical. Zim @ 35 I propose decolonisation of mind which must start with our professionals (journalists not excluded).

Omega Ndlovu - 20 April 2015

There is no excuse for what South Africans did, the fact that zimbabweans are in their country looking for employment is not an excuse for them to kill another human being,on this instance we should be pointing fingers at the evil deeds of South Africans not the Government,people will always migrate weither the economy is good or not,Vakutijairira ma South Africans ava vakajaidzwa kunyika kwavo ikoko

Justice - 20 April 2015

Zimbabweans have never seffer like this but becaause of Mugabe who have destroyed the economy, Zimbabweans are being killed in Soiuth Africa because of silly and stupid policies of hatrage by an old man who have or does not caare about his county's death. After 35 years a normaal person would give young ones who still have the energy to plan and productively decide to continue. That is why we have so many changes in countries surrounding Zimbabwe. That is why they are stable and their citizens are benefiting. JUST RETIRE MUGABE

ephraim - 20 April 2015

There is no excuse for what South Africans did, the fact that zimbabweans are in their country looking for employment is not an excuse for them to kill another human being,on this instance we should be pointing fingers at the evil deeds of South Africans not the Government,people will always migrate weither the economy is good or not,Vakutijairira ma South Africans ava vakajaidzwa kunyika kwavo ikoko

Justice - 20 April 2015

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mimy - 20 April 2015

mUgAbe is such a shamless person. He is the chairperson of SADC. President of Zimbabwe. That puts him front and center of this xenophobia fiasco. What does he do? NOTHING. Goes to SA and drinks cocktails while Giresi dances the night away with people of her age. Dongo is spot on. This is a problem mUgAbe and cronies created. No wonder he was quiet for a while trying to come up with something to say

Pacaveli - 20 April 2015

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