Our beloved neighbour to the north (i)


Remember Gukurahundi

On the side of Evil: a complicit West and the ANC-government’s  20-year defense of a mass murderer.

[Gukurahundi is a traditional Shona word, which means ‘the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains.’ It is the word chosen by the Mugabe regime to describe a military operation against a civilian population during the 1980s. In excess of 20 000 civilians were killed during the Gukurahundi massacre.]¹

The infamous red-bereted 5 Brigade were soldiers equipped with unusually cruel skills. We learn through the ‘Breaking the Silence’ report that the methods used to address “reorientation”, “change”, “unfounded grievances” – methods designed to teach a community to “accept defeat” – included civilian murders, civilian rapes, civilian torture and the destruction of civilian property.

“The soldiers, under Mugabe’s instruction, set out to injure and mutilate human beings, to kill them, but to do so in such evil cruel ways that the scars would be indelibly etched in memories for generations to come.

Mugabe intended to leave this civilian population with fear for the rest of their lives, for the horror to be so great that they would pass the fear down to subsequent generations. This is how he believed he would manage discontent in the region, and hold onto power indefinitely.”

– Sokwanele article on the book form of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace/Legal Resources Foundation report: Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe, May 29, 2007 | http://www.mikecampbellfoundation.com/page/rerelease-of-original-report-gukurahundi-in-zimbabwe

Important reources:

  • Zimbabwe: What Britain and the West did – and didn’t – do during the Matabeleland massacres of 1983-4 by Stuart Doran | Mugabe and the Matabeland Massacre: mass killings, torture and enforced starvation | The Daily Maverick | http://bit.ly/2pmE5aE
  • New documents claim to prove Mugabe ordered Gukurahundi killings Recently released historical papers implicate Zimbabwean president in orchestrating the 1980s killings for political gain. By Stuart Doran. | The Guardian | https://www.google.co.za/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/19/mugabe-zimbabwe-gukurahundi-massacre-matabeleland | http://bit.ly/2pAB9YT
  • [1] Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe: A Report on the Disturbances in Matebeleland and the Midlands, 1980-1988 (Columbia/Hurst) | ISBN-13: 978-0231700559, ISBN-10:0231700555 | by Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace and the Legal Resources Foundation in Harare

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