Vince Musewe says our No.1
enemies are blacks who
boast of empowering the
masses while simply
accumulating personal wealth
The rag tag unemployed youth that were ululating and
dancing on ZANU(PF)’s election "victory" are nowhere to
be seen. Now all you see are young girls fetching water
in the early mornings in urban Harare some wearing
yellow ZANU(PF) t-shirts that say "indigenise, empower,
employ develop". What a joke!
Around 10 in the morning, you can see the same youths
playing pool or gambling to while away time. Some
recently died from drinking "Zed" a lethal cane spirit
imported from Mozambique that costs only a dollar.
There is erratic power so bathing is not a priority for
them. All this, as Mugabe flew to New York with a plane
load of 80 cohorts not only to shop, but to insult the
Americans and the British. The new ministers will no
doubt be getting their flashy Mercs soon to maneuver in
Harare’s potholed roads.
The masses are a truly sorry lot!
Listening to Julius Malema campaign sent some chills
down my spine and I sincerely hope that I am not alone.
The habit of creating exaggerated anticipations amongst
the poor masses during electioneering continues to
work. Here in Zimbabwe those rural folk who were
allocated peri-urban land before the elections are now
being evicted. They have delivered the vote.
Progressive black South Africans must be very worried.
The masses are ignorant and have no inkling of what it
takes to run a successful economy. All they want is better
salaries, better houses, social grants and jobs today but
these come through intelligent economic management
and not through the outright repossession of land and
companies by politicians and their cronies.
Ownership alone has been overplayed here in Zimbabwe.
Some of our chefs and their cronies own multiple farms
and yet we can’t feed ourselves. An estimated 2 million
people face starvation in Zimbabwe this year. Most state
enterprises are sitting idle or are being run to the
ground as those politically appointed to run them earn
obscene salaries and perks.
As Malema demands economic freedom through
repossession of assets, South Africans who want a future
must fight this buffoonery with all they have. The fight is
not on twitter or facebook but must be on the ground in
the townships and rural areas. The poor masses will sell
themselves short as they always do, so they must be
educated and informed of what Malema falsely is
promising them. Here in Zimbabwe, air time vouchers
goats and exaggerated promises of jobs and
indigenization at political rallies are nowhere to be seen
and the masses have returned to their poverty.
The black middle class poses a serious danger through
their lack of participation in politics. Most just wait for
voting day and yet, if Africa is to develop we must all be
activists everyday. We must educate the short sighted
poor masses of how year after year they deliver their
vote to political parties who cannot deliver to them.
Malema will not deliver economic freedom through his
rantings at rallies simply because he seeks to use the
same methods that decimated our economy here in
Zimbabwe. There is no depth in what he is promising and
I question his appreciation of economics.
Politicians in Africa have failed to deliver sustainable
development mainly because they focus on self interest
and taking what others have sweated for under the guise
of economic justice. That will not create new jobs or the
economic prosperity they continue to promise.
I urge all progressive black middle class South Africans
to fight these lies; the lie that taking over assets owned
by whites creates wealth; the lie that we are entitled to
reap where we have not sown. This does not work; it
actually destroys wealth and investments as we have
seen here in Zimbabwe. Nothing can replace hard work
The emerging picture in South Africa is pretty worrying
to us progressive Africans who know that Africa will
never develop by taking from others but by building new
economies and wealth while educating the masses so
that they may make better life decisions.
We must all work to reject that narrative that we are
victims and some one out there owes us. We must reject
being continually duped by clever politicians who
continue to re-frame how imperialism is our enemy. Yes
it may be, but our number one enemies are blacks who
are hiding under empowering of the masses and yet all
they do is to accumulate personal wealth without
sweating. Our enemies are those who take advantage of
the ignorance and poverty of the masses and make
promises that they can’t meet.
Malema is doing just that and must be stopped!
Vince Musewe is an economist based in Harare. You may
contact him on vtmusewe
Vince Musewe says our No.1