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Zimbabweans Defend Vote Legal Costs

Over the past few months we have watched Zimbabwe campaign and go to the polls in that fleeting moment of hope during which we all get to believe that another Zimbabwe is possible. Once again many of us have been disappointed not just by the “result” but by the conduct of the election and the […]

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British policy towards Zimbabwe during Matabeleland massacre: licence to kill

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s clampdown on dissent in Matabeleland claimed up to 20 000 lives. EPA/Aaron Ufumeli/ Pool Hazel Cameron, University of St Andrews In January 1983 Robert Mugabe’s government launched a massive security clampdown in Matabeleland. It was led by a North Korean-trained, almost exclusively chiShona-speaking army unit known as the Fifth Brigade. They […]

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Gukurahundi: A summary by the CCJP & The Legal Resources Fundation

This report is a short version of a much longer book, which was published and released for sale in Zimbabwe in 1997. This first book was researched and written by the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) and the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace. (CCJP ) 2000 copies of this longer book have been published, and […]

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Zimbo Twitter is all over #JobsZanuCreated… and it’s hilarious

Zimbabweans around the globe responded to claims by ZANU PF deputy director of information and Highfields West MP Psychology Maziwisa claims that ZANU PF has actually exceeded the 2.2 Million Jobs they promised during the 2013 election campaign. Maziwisa claimed “We are now at the last count including the informal jobs, at over three million […]

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After the downgrade: South Africa should copy Brazil and impeach its president

Mzukisi Qobo, University of Johannesburg The news that South Africa’s sovereign rating has been downgraded caught many by surprise. But it was long coming. The main reason for the rating agency’s decision is clearly concerns about political leadership in the country. Moody’s, which is expected to follow suit, has said as much, stating its decision […]

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How liberators turn into oppressors: a study of southern African states

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria This article is a foundation essay. These are longer than usual and take a wider look at a key issue affecting society. Since coming to political power, the anticolonial movements of Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa have remained in control of the former settler colonies’ societies. At best […]

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South Africa CEO’s see severe consequences after cabinet reshuffle

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s decision to dismiss Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has severe consequences for the economy and is a setback to the work done to avoid a credit ratings downgrade, a group of business leaders said on Friday. “This decision, and the manner in which it was taken, is likely […]

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This time the uprising in Zimbabwe is different

Image: Riot police detain residents of Epworth suburb after a protest by taxi drivers turned violent in Harare, Zimbabwe. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo This time the uprising in Zimbabwe is different – but will it bring regime change? Brian Raftopoulos, University of the Western Cape Zimbabwe’s ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has failed […]

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Looking for Mercy

At the age of eight, filmmaker Robyn Paterson greeted Comrade Robert Mugabe with flowers as he stepped from a plane at a Zimbabwe air-force base. She and her best friend, Mercy, were poster children for the new Zimbabwe. Robyn as pale skinned as Mercy was dark, the girls were a symbol that all was well […]

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Donald Trump’s foreign policy on Africa is likely to be: ‘Where’s that?’

Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg Africa is likely to slide down the list of foreign policy priorities of a Donald Trump administration. This is because America’s foreign policy is determined by both domestic and foreign issues. When it comes to domestic factors Trump is not going to be open to lobbying by the African diaspora […]

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