The one way to ensure that the whirlpool sucks the poorest South Africans down into a future that is even more terrible is to start on no-pay expropriation.
At Daily Maverick's The Gathering in 2017 Julius Malema made clear: "We love Uncle Bob Mugabe." This was in the same week that Mugabe had just been overthrown in that remarkable bloodless coup.
It was also on the same day that former Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti clearly laid out the financial disaster that Zimbabwe was enduring. Ninety percent unemployment. Yes, ninety. The majority of the country are living on a sum of 40 US cents a day. That is R5 a day or R150 a month. And since "land expropriation" started, the Zimbabwean economy has halved.
Now the fact that Mugabe practiced genocide against his fellow citizens with the Matabele slaughter of the late '80s is not germane to this article. Neither is the fact that Mugabe was a dictator who obliterated democracy twice, with the distortion of the parliamentary vote which Zanu-PF lost in 2003 - and then again in 2008 when he blatantly stole the presidential election.
But what is central to this article is this: Mugabe, his henchmen...