Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe and current head of the African Union, has called on South Africans to direct their xenophobia at whites instead of blacks. ‘I give poison not for you to swallow but to give to someone else’ he told the cheering staff at SADC Headquarters in Botswana.
Mugabe said South Africa needed a second liberation which would transfer wealth to blacks marginalized because whites owned most of the land and got most of the employment opportunities.
‘People are unemployed . . . the wrath of South Africans needs to be more directed towards the whites than the blacks’, he said. ‘You can’t live in palaces while others are living in shanties’.
And yet the dictator, notorious for spoiling himself while his citizens starve, lives in a newly built luxurious mansions and owns multi-million dollar properties in Hong Kong for his girlfriends and wives.
Mr Mugabe has not addressed any of the latest reports of his Asian properties.
Mugabe also called on Africa to stop courting the West for financial aide: ‘they say here is money but you do that’, arguing that NGOs are the new colonialists: ‘They tell us we should have good corporate governance, human rights . . . human rights? Rule of law? When they sent us to prison . . . ‘
Mr Mugabe is known for his contempt of the rule of law, running his country as a personal fiefdom. While his country prints money to fund his lavish lifestyle crippling inflation renders his population the poorest in Africa.
His xenophobic policies towards whites have not worked for his country, which has seen virtually all corporations and larger businesses pull out of the country after he started seizing assets and nationalizing in the late 90s.