It is 2 months since we lamented World Toilet Day.
This week 27 January we lament the annual International Holocaust Memorial Day, for crimes against humanity everywhere. .
Ironically Scriptures tell us this sabbath’s Torah portion is about the 10 plagues that were inflicted on the innocent people of Egypt because their tyrannical Pharaoh 3400 years ago stubbornly refused to release the enslaved people of Moses, at least allow them some rest and respite from beatings and infanticide and daily hard labour..
So what has changed in the past 2 months, 3400 years?
Profiteering tyrants never learn, repent from their cruel greed- except sometimes in Shakespearean parable, the brilliant RSC stage production of The Tempest now showing in Cape Town, where the freed spirit Arial in turn entrances the Christian European despots – (who keep piously crossing themselves, led by the inimitable SirTony Sher as the wizard Prospero tormenting his black slave Caliban, John Kani) to repent and reform.
Mugabe the megalomaniac cunning despot – venerated and aped for long by the infantile Mbeki and now Motlante, Zuma and the big powers- has lost much of his country’s citizens (to starvation, to plagues, to his thugs’ genocidal violence and plundering for 25years, or to flight by stealth -unlike the Israelites’ legendary divine escape from Mitzraim into the Sinai wilderness for 40years). This the Roman Catholic teacher Mugabe, with a BA in Administration, and Masters degrees in Science and Law from London University, apparently the most broadly academically qualified leader in the world – but no hypocrite, no theological pretensions. He proudly models himself on Hitler but in addition as His Excellency the Honourable, and on immoral “practicing” Christian leaders like Bush and Blair … .
There were reportedly 13.3 million Zimbabwean citizens 18 months ago, with 31births per 1000 and 21 deaths per 1000 population. Now there are said to be some 4million work-seeking Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa; and with deaths there now rumoured to exceed 5000 a day – almost 2 million a year- that till-recently thriving country is rapidly being depopulated.
Now in Zimbabwe, apart from the few thriving on US dollars and imported commodities, those who remain – the children and the old– are dying like flies from plagues ancient and modern for want of clean water, safe sanitation and starvation. And still divine retribution or a UN peacekeeping commando force has not removed Mugabe and his vampires armed by China and now South Africa -nobody is prepared to spend a cent rescuing Zimbabwe simply because it is Africa, and the power-holders in the rest of the World don’t care. .. while Mugabe continues to blame Britain for his country’s woes. There are no more functioning hospitals because there are no supplies, no power, no water, and no staff – those who cannot flee are too busy trying to find food and water for survival.Those in power drive their Rolls funded with South African government donations to live in palatial suites in South African hotels.
And in turn, for want of clean water and sanitation, and jobs, education, housing and security that President Mandela promised South Africa in 1994, and Mbeki and Zuma in 1999 and again in 2004, increasing masses of South Africans are now dying from the ancient plagues of cholera, typhoid and TB, fear, ignorance, violence from lack of law enforcement officers and teachers and jobs, exposure, from lack of water, electricity, jobs, housing, starvation; and the new plague of AIDS.
The ANC leaders since 1998- the President Economist Mbeki and President resistance general Jacob Zuma, the medical doctors Nkososama Zuma & Tshabalala- Msimang, the lawyer Professor Asmal, the economist Trevor Manuel – in 1998/9 directed Parliament to spend the country’s riches on R64billion of hightech arms we do not need and cannot use – most skilled people have fled the country, and there are no armed invaders in sight – then to give away to buddies South Africa’s oil reserve, iron, airliners, forestry and game reserves, then on farces like Sarafina and hundreds of corrupt MPs in Travelgate – while denying the masses with AIDs lifesaving antiretrovirals till forced to give in a year ago.
And still the RSA government goes on giving multimillion dollar handouts to Mugabe’s horde (while Mugabe and his puerile wife and retinue go on shopping sprees with Government funds) and burning (with terminal environmental pollution) our irreplaceable coal that is needed for oil, gas, and thence plastics and medicines.
Yet to this day Mbeki, Motlante, Zuma continue to treat the electorally defeated Mugabe obsequously as head of state, do nothing to have him and his murderous gang arrested by an international peace force within days and restore basic services, supplies and order there.
Why not? Because as before, what Mugabe gets away with, other despots in turn can. It is not 2 years ago that Mbeki said “please Mr Mugabe, do the right thing. Where thou leadest, we must follow.” And still the de facto South African President Jacob Zuma does nothing to arrange a rescue occupying force to restore sanity in Zimbabwe – as Israel had to send in this month to stop daily bombardment of it’s people from cowardly terrorists using Palestinian civilians as shields in mosques and schools in Gaza. .
Now the upcoming election in South Africa celebrates SADEC’S Cesspool Day of Progressive Illiteracy Violence and Plagues, that the ANC under Zuma-Zuma-Manuel- Mbeki in their divine arrogance and cruel indifference to suffering continue to inflict on Zimbabwe and South Africa, almost 50million people. Not benign self-serving patriarchal enslavement that has existed since time immemorial, just progressive deprivation and hopelessness.
But (as in the case of the murderous Kissinger Kindergarten – Cheney, the Bushes, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz, and their British allies that increasingly disrupted and impoverished the world since the comic Reagan reign), who will try for treason the ’elected’ (by fraud and lies) outgoing tyrants in America, in the ANC, the arch-leaders of the former Apartheid regime, and now Mugabe’s Gang?
Orwell in 1949 projected such anarchic governments to 1984 – by when the Kissinger-Rumsfeld gang was already hard at work on their Shock Doctrine,. As a result, the rate of western degeneration has accelerated: Margaret Attwood in turn published the prophetic The Handmaid’s Tale(1984) of enslavement in a future rabidly religious impoverished USA- and the endgame she in turn predicted in 2004 in her brilliant book Oryx and Crake, is now happening to us, America and it’s dependents Israel and Britain bogged down in insoluble wars of Western imperialist making against Islam while the world faces environmental distater in our lifetime and plunged into the worst economic recession ever – of America’s making 1 2 3 ..So much for Milton Friedman and Kissinger’s blueprint so assiduously carried out by the Cheyney-Bush disciples since Reagan’s time. Eerily, Kissinger again visited the Kremlin last year, more than 60 years after his first contacts with the Soviets.
Nothing was learnt from Victorian folly, Rhodes’ Boer War and Matabele massacre, and Milner’s Kindergarten, which entrenched economic oppression and deprivation of the poor in Southern Africa for another century till this day.
Now, after six thousands years of in turn Pharanoic, pagan Roman, Arab Muslim and Christian- European enslavement,1 the poor continue to be enslaved throughout the world by the legendary tyranical greed of a few hundred families. Once again, Marquez’ Time of Cholera for want of compassionate love.