Zimbabwean President for Life, Robert Mugabe told a crowd of media and spectators on Thursday while visiting Hector Pietersen Memorial in Soweto, “I don’t want to see a white face”.
Mugabe delivered his latest sneer in his usual affected British colonial accent, flashing some cuff-links and tailor-made arrogance, once again highlighting how utterly risible the post-colonial Afro-Saxon circus has become.
An SABC reporter recorded the incident as Mugabe exited the museum, and walked past a female black television journalist who asked whether the tour had evoked any emotion.
The Memorial, incidentally, is a race-baiting cheap thrill of the post-1994 kind, where lies about ‘white oppression and brutality’ are exhibited as fact. The poor Hector was shot by black thugs, but the real story would not have had the same impact.
When Mugabe saw a white journalist behind her, he pushed the microphone away and wearily said: “I don’t want to see a white face,” as impervious as ever to his farcical contradictory attitude.
Mugabe’s comment can be heard in this video which has been posted on the SABC’s YouTube channel:
The deplorable state of Zimbabwe accurately reflects the more than three decades of the old Marxist tyrant’s misrule, despite his class-conscious accent.
The embarrassingly liberal nonagenarian puppet who “freed blacks from the colonial shackles of an oppressive and racist white regime” has not only failed to improve the lot of the majority of blacks but has actually worsened their plight considerably, presiding over what might be the most rapid disintegration yet of a modern nation state and the genocide of 22 000 Ndebele.
Not only has Mugabe’s regime failed to maintain the white infrastructure that was put in place by the Smith regime, but millions of literally starving Zimbabweans have fled to South Africa’s white cosmopolitan centres. They voted in their anti-white champion, only to abscond to the “racists” down south who would offer all the low-paid jobs as cleaners, gardeners and waiters in cafés and restaurants. Although, to be fair, many of the economic refugees to South Africa belonged to the minority Ndebele tribe, targeted by Mugabe.
It has become de rigueur for journalists, politicians and academics to offer what has become a near-universal analysis: Mugabe was a promising leader who became corrupted over time by power.
This meme was popularized after Mugabe began seizing white-owned farms in 2000. But this conception of Mugabe, propagated by the liberals who championed him in the 1970s and 1980s, is obviously a cover-up for their initial admiration.
From the beginning of his political career Mugabe outshone more moderate Marxists, openly stating his racist and authoritarian intentions to cheering liberals.
A similar scene is being played out at the University of Cape Town, where the ultra-left white principal Max Price is advancing a black racist and authoritarian discourse, succumbing to radical pressures to remove statues of whites, soon to be followed by the removal of white academics.
Mugabe certainly did not morph into a caricature of the Marxist stooge. By 1978 already he had displayed a particular ruthlessness that ought to have indicated what was to follow.
After four black moderates announced that they had reached an “internal settlement” with the Smith government, paving the way for democratic elections, one of these leaders, Ndabaningi Sithole, dispatched 39 envoys to meet representatives of Mugabe. The envoys were captured, murdered and, according to Time magazine, “their bodies were then laid out by the guerrillas in a grisly line at the side of the road as a warning to local tribespeople.”
The following year, in protest of an open election Mugabe’s organization released a death list naming 50 “Zimbabwean black bourgeoisie, traitors, fellow-travelers and puppets of the Ian Smith regime, opportunistic running-dogs and other capitalist vultures.” Mugabe’s henchmen then killed scores of black civilians who attempted to vote.
According to the despot “the multiparty system . . . is a luxury” and that if Zimbabweans did not like Marxism, “then we will have to re-educate them.”
Yet, in 1986, the University of Massachusetts Amherst bestowed an honorary doctorate on him just as he was completing his genocide against the Ndebele. In 1984, the University of Edinburgh awarded Mugabe an honorary doctorate and in 1994, Mugabe was inexplicably given an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
Today Zimbabwe suffers the highest inflation and lowest life-expectancy rates in the world.