Mujuru: Blame Mugabe for SA xenophobic attacks
by TSAKANI CHAUKE
PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEANS in South Africa should blame their President Robert Mugabe for the xenophobia they suffered in the neighbouring country, former Deputy President, Joice Mujuru, said.
She was speaking in Pretoria where she is reaching out to millions migrants working in the country.
Appearing to absolve South Africans from xenophobia, she said the blame should be directed at Mugabe (92), whose mismanagement of Zimbabwe had led to millions of Zimbabweans fleeing their country and seek refuge in South Africa.
“Zimbabweans should not accuse their South African counterparts of being xenophobic but should squarely blame Mugabe who abandoned his people,” said Mujuru.
“Xenophobia is a reaction from South Africans because their space is being taken,” Mujuru added.
She bemoaned Zimbabweans in South Africa had lost their dignity with a majority of them highly qualified but doing some menial jobs.
“We have heard harrowing tales of what Zimbabweans are going through. Qualified Zimbabweans have abandoned their professions to become waiters, while others die in abject poverty. For a freedom fighter like myself. This is not what we expected when we fought.”
It is estimated some 3 million Zimbabweans are in South Africa where they occasionally suffer recurring xenophobic attacks. More than 60 people were killed in the worst attacks in 2008.
Mujuru (61), who leads the Zimbabwe People First party, said if elected to power in the watershed 2018 elections, she would reverse “toxic” policies implemented by Mugabe.
– CAJ News
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