JONATHAN JANSEN: Let’s talk about what Robert Mugabe really did to education
To young people of my generation, Zimbabwe did something remarkable with its education system. It turned out to be a myth
When Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe died in a Singapore hospital last week, reaction was split. The black political class in SA hailed him as the unadulterated liberation hero who returned white farmlands to the black poor; “he made some mistakes along the way”, wrote an otherwise level-headed leader from a black opposition party right here at home.
Many black Zimbabweans celebrated the demise of a political villain who oversaw the death of 20,000 people in the horrific Matabeleland massacre and single-handedly destroyed a country once called “the breadbasket of Africa”. The only people who got any land, our neighbours reminded us, were the political elites in the ruling Zanu-PF party.