Alexander Matthews

Zuma shall govern …

Let’s face it, come April, the great man will be state president. Rumours abound that the NPA is set to drop the case against old JZ. He must be dancing — it wasn’t necessary for his umshini to be brought to him, after all! Slavish Zuma loyalists like to paint objections to the man’s accession…

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Why African leaders can’t solve the Zimbabwe crisis

Robert Mugabe has no intention of relinquishing power. He’s even said as much. And this is merely confirmed by the ongoing abduction, incarceration and torture of opposition activists and a bloody-minded refusal to share key ministries in the proposed unity government. The SADC (Southern African Development Community) is only too aware of the Zanu- PF…

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Two-year-old released after three-month imprisonment

Yesterday morning I wrote about the imprisonment and torture of Nigel Mutemagau. There is an update to this story: he has been released! According to today’s main story posted on The Zimbabwe Times, the two-year-old toddler incarcerated and tortured at the notorious Chikurubi Prison was released on Tuesday afternoon. He has spent three months imprisoned;…

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Two-year-old child tortured in notorious Zim prison

There are no limits to the brutality that Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF government is prepared to employ in ensuring its continued grip on power. Recently, human rights activists and opposition supporters were abducted and thrown into the notorious Chikurubi Prison. Here they have been subjected to torture and beatings. Very little food has been provided. They are…

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Fight fascism: visit Zimbabwe

I’ve just returned from a trip to Victoria Falls — my first visit to Zimbabwe. And although it’s very much sheltered from the rest of the country’s meltdown, the signs are still there — each day we saw weary locals bringing back bread loaves and sacks of maize over the bridge from Zambia. It was…

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Ravaged Zimbabwe’s tourism pipe dream

Looking on the web for some info about Zimbabwe (I’m visiting the Victoria Falls in a few days time), I stumbled across an article dated the 12 December in the Zimbabwean state-owned propaganda machine The Herald about how that beleaguered nation intends to make tourism a key foreign currency earner, increasing its contribution to the…

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Does Zimbabwe know it’s Christmas?

Across South Africa, the malls are crowded with busy shoppers buying presents and food for the festive season. And yet just across the border in neighbouring Zimbabwe, thousands of people are dying of cholera and countless more face starvation, with only a meagre assortment of wild berries, seeds and fruits from the veld to provide…

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Yelling ‘fuck off’ for feminism

Yesterday I was walking in Cape Town’s city centre with a good friend of mine. As we crossed the road, a few construction workers in a truck began to verbally harass her, calling her a string of disgusting things. So I yelled to them, “Fuck off!” They seemed rather indignant but obliged. Indignant, because they…

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Why Zuma allows Malema to show democracy the finger

Isn’t it astounding? That a man who incites people to murder and violence, who uses hate speech and insults senior members of his party is still around and playing a prominent political role in the ruling party, nogal? Indeed, most people can’t seem to fathom what lies behind Jacob Zuma’s limp excuses for the outrageous,…

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Devious Shikota is merely Mbeki 2.0

Come 2009 elections, Shikota won’t be getting my vote. While their pro-constitutional rhetoric is encouraging, it’s also hard to believe. Where was Lekota’s commitment to the constitution when he was in Mbeki’s cabinet? He seemed quite happy to toe the party line when it came to Aids, Zimbabwe and other issues. It’s tempting to think…

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