Politics in Matabeleland can be sanitized

Forget grand political ideologies, what Africa needs today is true equality; true equality in which all are held accountable in the same manner. We cannot talk of democracy where misinformation is the backbone and that democracy means minority rights are persistently voted away by a majority based on a bio-social coincidence, and nothing else. Continue reading

What change will an independent Mthwakazi make?

Social media has expanded our universe beyond comprehension and brought a host of possibilities and challenges to those willing to engage. It has been the ultimate equaliser providing a universal platform for individuals and groups to confidently discuss issues that they would otherwise not have dreamt of publicly raising a decade or so ago. It thus came as no surprise when a member of the social media community recently invited me to add my views to a proliferation of theories on the best way forward for Mthwakazi. The question goes: Continue reading

RSA xenophobia: Nigeria recalling ambassador not the answer

Genuine independence for any country means being in control of one’s destiny without an anxious dependence on other countries. Sadly, the ‘independent’ Africa today sees itself increasingly dependent on other regions for support to keep itself barely on its knees always staring at the prospect of lying flat on its belly. These are worrying times of widening social, economic and human rights disparities across the continent and between Africa and Europe. Continue reading

President Zuma’s Freedom Day Speech and the controversy

Jacob Zuma’s Freedom Day speech on 27th April 2015 coming just over a week after violent xenophobic attacks in parts of Durban and Gauteng provinces has triggered a heated debate among the large online African community on social networks as well as in some capitals in the continent. The argument has centred on what Zuma supposedly said, what it may mean and its effects; allegations it exonerated xenophobic attacks; allegations of blame shifting and whether it was the right time to say what he said.

Continue reading

Africa paying a blind eye to xenophobia

If there is anything that Africa should learn from the latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa, it is that the continent has yet to command its independence and seriously address tribal prejudice and stereotypes. Governments continue to show little or no interest in respecting people and dealing with simmering internal social injustices. African independence has perpetually shown no empathy towards any black communities carrying a different social identification from those wielding authority. Historically, we have struggled with accommodating internal diversity.   Continue reading

Can Matabeleland learn anything from the latest South African xenophobic behaviour?

If there is anything to be learned by Matabeleland from the latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa, it is that Africa as a whole has failed to deal with tribal prejudice. Let us recall the 1983 Nigerian expulsions of West Africans, most of whom were Ghanaians. This is a stark reminder to all Africans of our responsibilities as human beings and how not to behave when in position of privilege. How do we safely retain our national pride without compromising the dignity of other nations?Xeno Continue reading