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Monday, 12 January 2009

Eliminating Opposition in SA: Zimbabwe-style

from Johann @ The Right Perspective

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Youth Brigade chairperson, Shadrack Dube, was gunned down close to his home on 4 January 2009. He was on his way back from a local shop after purchasing airtime for his cellphone in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder. They are Ben Mhlongo and Xolani Dlamini.

Alfred Mpontshane, IFP chairperson in the Mkhanyakude municipality district, described Dube’s murder as “part of a systematic campaign to eliminate IFP leaders, derail its campaign and intimidate its supporters before the general elections”.

Dube’s funeral was held on 11th January 2009 where Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP member for the Provincial Parliament and Deputy Chairperson for IFP KwaZulu-Natal, said that 14 years of ANC rule have bequeathed the country nothing but the ancient Sodom and Gomorrah.

Gwala said the ANC government has failed to deliver the much-talked about “better life for all”. Instead, the country has become poorer. “When one looks around in KwaZulu-Natal, one is attracted to poverty, unemployment and crime, all of which point to the failure of the ruling party to bring about change in their lives”, he said.

One cannot but help to wonder if South Africa isn’t much closer to the reality of Zimbabwe’s dictatorship rule than most would care to acknowledge.

Where are you, Desmond Tutu? You did not hesitate to make a spectacle of yourself at the Truth and Reconciliation Committee during the 1990’s, sobbing like a child at the “evils” of the Apartheid government. Are you sobbing now? Or only when you have to save face for the cameras when your counterpart in England beat you to calling that dictator Mugabe a war criminal?

I guess all men aren’t equal after all - just never thought a man of the cloth would teach me that.

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