A Note for Julius Malema, Commander in Chief of the EFF

For Julius Malema, Commander in Chief of the EFF – Economic Freedom Fighters.

Please be reminded that your campaign to Nationalise the Republic of South Africa‘s diverse economy and all of its resources (including human capital) does not form part of the late Nelson Mandela‘s legacy.

I therefore request you to please stop lying to the South African public and spreading the malicious and racist propaganda that accompanies these lies.

I am not sure how busy you are today, but perhaps you have time to read the below-mentioned report on the precarious state of Zimbabwe’s economy. It seems that the dire straits in which this country finds itself now extends to Zimbabwe’s parliament as well in which case there are no available funds to distribute amongst the mostly Zanu-PF members of parliament.

This is of great concern in due consideration that this country has been run since independence by Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the former primary school teacher whom you have said on a number of occasions you admire and may be modelling your programme of nationalisation on.  I believe the news article is quite important and have thus re-published it in full. It is not long, so it won’t take up much of your time.

I thank you.

PS. Please do not drink and drive and/or exceed the road’s speed limits.

Oh, and one other thing, do not disrupt the university campuses during the year of 2014 in order to allow worthy and deserving students to continue and complete their studies successfully and without interruptions and increase their prospects in the challenging job markets.

While I seem to recall your admired ambition to become the country’s next State President, thus replacing the still-popular Jacob G Zuma after the national elections, I am just wondering whether you passed or failed your course in Economics this last semester. I didn’t do too badly, but by my own high standards, I could say that I progressed far to slowly. Nevertheless, I will not blame your campus disruptions on my own personal struggles.

Zimbabwe‘s gloomy holidays

26 DEC 2013 07:03 GILLIAN GOTOR

This year’s holiday spirit seems to have been dimmed in Zimbabwe by its worsening economic situation marked by company closures and job losses.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe. (AFP)

Thousands of city-dwelling Zimbabweans travel back to their rural homes during the holiday season, taking gifts and foods for feasts to share with their families.

But this year, the holiday spirit has was dimmed by Zimbabwe’s worsening economic situation marked by company closures and job losses.

Banks experienced shortages of cash. Zimbabweans waited in long, winding lines at banks to withdraw money but many depositors came out with a just a fraction of the money in their accounts that they hoped to spend during the holiday period.

The bleak festive season caps a year marked by a disputed election in July, mired by allegations of vote-rigging, that long-time President Robert Mugabe won with a 61% majority against his major opponent and former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Mugabe, 90 in February, went on his annual leave until the end of January. He ruled Zimbabwe since independence from British rule in 1980.

Tsvangirai (61) blames Mugabe’s administration for failing to deliver economic progress.

“It is clear the current government stole Christmas from Zimbabweans. Hunger is stalking the nation,” he said in a year-end message. “I’m fully aware this is going to be a bleak Christmas with little or nothing to share. The nation is in a dire state.”

Shut down companies
Tens of thousands of workers swelled the unemployed because more than 700 companies shut down this year, according to a report by the state’s Social Security Authority. Zimbabwe’s unemployment in formal industry is pegged at around 80%, say economists.

At the bus station in Harare‘s Mbare township, holiday travellers were determined, despite the hardships, to celebrate the holidays at their rural homes and carried beds and mattresses, building materials, seeds and fertiliser on buses.

One said he was bidding farewell to city life, as he would not have a job in 2014.

Blessmore Makuva (38) said he would not be coming back to Harare as he sat beside a cart laden with two doors and roofing sheets waiting to be loaded onto a bus. He said he was going to complete building a house in rural north-eastern center of Mutoko.

Accompanied by his wife and two children, Makuva said he used most of his money to buy the building materials and bus tickets to travel to the village.

“There is no use for us to stay in Harare. I’ve got no job, I can’t pay the rentals,” he said.

Makuva said he would farm on the small family plot. “I’m worried about my family’s future,” he said. “What lies ahead, I don’t know.” – Sapa-AP

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