Zimbabweans still flocking to SA

BULAWAYO - Locals here are still trekking to South Africa amid the growing reports of violence against foreigners spreading from Durban to Johannesburg.

It was business as usual at the bus terminus along George Silundika Street in Zimbabwe’s second largest city where a number of people were busy making their bookings.

Brian Munemo, Eagle Liner manager at the Bulawayo sub-office, said while xenophobic attacks have shocked all and sundry, trips to South Africa have remained fully booked.

“The business is as usual and we have not felt the effects of the xenophobic attacks currently happening in South Africa,” Munemo said.

An official at the Greyhound bus company who declined to be named said they were taking on their usual trips despite the xenophobic attacks.

“We are recording normal bookings both to and from; nothing has really changed as of now maybe as we go forward.”

Officials from Bravo and Zebulon bus companies, who also declined to be named, shared the same sentiments.

Gibson Masike, a tout at the bus termini, said he did not witness any dampening of business by the xenophobic attacks.

“Bulawayo being Bulawayo is a different city in Zimbabwe,” Masike said.

“So when people buy tickets to go to South Africa, they are like people boarding buses to their rural area.

“No matter how much fear may be imposed by the South Africans, people here have taken South Africa as their actual home. Believe you me, many Zimbabweans from Bulawayo are to some extent safe because they have made themselves look like South Africans.”

Masike said most of his colleagues living in the neighbouring country were in possession of South African identity cards simply because they have been there for a long time now.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini recently torched a storm when he remarked that foreigners must “pack their bags and go home.”

The statements ignited the attacks, which have since been condemned not only by the Zimbabwean government but the international community as well.

Comments (11)

Mugabe and Zanu pf are worse that those unguided south africans. ZImbos will prefer to be killed by Thugs in South Africa than to be sucked blood by Mugabe Robert G and idiotic lunatic zanu pf idiots

Gushaaz - 17 April 2015

You can not be more right @Gushaaz Isn't that a sorry state of affairs though especially given our history of hard work and the pride we had when we got "independent".

tino16 - 17 April 2015

Whether you look like South African or you speak their language , they will attack you. Bulawayo people think they are more welcome in South Africa.. Be very careful

BadChoice - 17 April 2015

If only Zimbabwe had: (A) A sound economy (B) A truly functional democratic system (C) A corrupt free environment Among other numerous things, there wouldn't be a high number of Zimbos looking for greener pastures elsewhere. Now the 'dear' leader wants to assist in repatriation from SA. Really? Is he going to assure them of jobs? Mugabe is the chief culprit here for running down the country in persuit of personal glory and riches.

Socio - 17 April 2015

Thumbs up for the 4 Comments above! Mind you, a lot of Bulawayons now residing in South Africa, fled Zimbabwe during "gukurahundi". So it's not like they just woke up one day and decided to look like South Africans. Damn! Ndebele and Zulu dialects are same cup of tea!! Economy wise how much has Harare done post independence for Bulawayos economy? The 4 above comments spelled it all,in simple terms.

Skaramanga Specter - 17 April 2015

Skaramanga you dont know xennophobia, if you speak ndebele and pretend to be a south african they will beat you more than a zimbo who is openly shona, it infuriates them , even the police will be angry at you , the languages are one but they are not similar a zulu can tell that the other speaker is from zimbabwe, its like zezuru and manyika its all shona but sounds different

Lovemore kudita - 18 April 2015

Only idiots flock to SA, maybe its because they allow plastic homes and squatters everywhere. I could not help laughing when i saw a "house" made of card boards and plastics up in flames. So filthy indeed. I would rather stay in Gokwe.

reason - 20 April 2015

@ lovemore Kudita, you have no idea what you are talking about. Zulu and Northern Ndebele are nothing like zezuru and manyika. Zezuru is taught as standard shona and therefore a manyika person would understand a zezuru speaker with ease but the reverse is not true. "Zulu" spoken in Jozi is actually slang, a mish mash influenced by the cosmopolitan face of the city of gold over many years borrowing from tswana, sotho, pedi etc. The Zulu spoken in KZN and isiNdebele proper are actually much closer. That said Mthwakazi people and Zulus are queit distinct in their outlook as Mthwakazi is more cosmopolitan a mish mash of nguni, sotho, lozwi, kalanga etc people identify or speak isindebele. As Skaramanga and the article have said, the exodus to SA in Matebeleland in particular has been happening over many decades and in places like Gauteng for example where its cosmopolitan these groups have easily assimilated. The mass exodus that has happened post apatheid in particular in the past 5-10yrs have had little reason or chosen not to assimilate.

Black Diamond - 20 April 2015

I have never understood what exactly irritates some people in Zimbabwe, particularly some among the Shona people regarding the links between the Mthwakazi people of Matebeleland and South Africa. I mean, people, mostly those in Mashonaland have links with Malawi and some with Mozambique and visit these countries regularly; nobody has a problem with this. Even Mugabe took his whole family to Malawi some time back - so whats the problem. A lot of Tonga people in Binga have links to Zambia - no problem. A lot of Khalanga people and some Batswana have links with Botswana - no problem. Even a lot of Venda people in Beitbridge have links to kwaVenda in SA - no problem - why does it seem there is a lot of hoola baloo when the links define the Ndebele people? People forget that, borders of African countries were drawn by white people in Berlin in the 1880s and not even one Black African was invited to participate - why do people have a problem with people enjoying their linguistic and cultural links with their ancestral homes. Nobody tells Indians anywhere around the world to stop hobnobbing with India or the English to stop hobnobbing with England. Black people need to rise above this cacoon mentality - this is now a global village. Xenophobia or no Xenophobi in SA Mthwakazi must just ignore this nonsense and continue going to Mzansi - nobody has a right to tell you not to, as long as you have the right documents. At some point the xenophobes will give up - they can never fight for ever. It is them who have a problem for lack of exposure and global exposure. This is a free world - travel as you like; but respect locals, their languages and cultures and stop being an imposition!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 20 April 2015

I am a Sotho in Mat South if anyone feels pained by going to S A periodically to my living relatives should go hang because I cannot become a shona or ndebele over night , infact l would be comfortable to die in SA and be buried at the clan graveyard, some people must mind how how they regard other tribes there is nothing special about them. Finally what is the difference between Xenophobia and gukurahundi?

bakwena - 20 April 2015

Kwadzinorohwa matumbu ndokwadzinotizira, Zimbabweans must take caution as the climate is not conducive for travelling southwards, why get in the fire and not wait for it to be extinguished, patients is a virtue, the timing is wrong and risky, lets also look at other options in terms of school work, or holiday, ungaite rwendo munyika munopiswa vanhu nematyre emotokari kusvika mukufa, ndati ndinyore neshona zvimwe ndokuti tinzwanane, ngwarirai hupenyu hwenyu maZimbabweans.

tichaona - 20 April 2015

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