By Pinky Khoabane
WHAT does a mother do when she finds her sons in a hotel room snorting cocaine with a group of girls who some say are prostitutes?
She loses it and finds something with which to whip them – everybody, her sons and the women. Anybody who has been a naughty kid – and I dont even mean getting into alcohol and drugs – knows how parents react when they discover what you’ve been up to. I remember a pineapple on my forehead as I walked into the house after a weekend party.
The FirstLady of Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe came to South Africa last week on her usual and unscheduled visits to check on her sons who had left Dubai to protect them from a judiciary which hangs those found using drugs.
She didn’t find them at the home in Sandton which has been bought for them. Their bodyguards led her to a Sandton Hotel where she found them with girls snorting cocaine.
South African media, racist Afriforum and Gerry Nel have been overly excited about this story. All good but can they talk about the assault within the context of drugs and prostitution? How about talking about the “model” snorting cocaine and allegations that she is a prostitute peddling drugs for drug dealers?
Afriforum’s Nel guns for Grace Mugabe is not about Grace at all or the assaulted woman. It is all about President Robert Mugabe kicking white farmers off land without compensation. The battle between Robert and Afriforum dates back a long time. In 2010, Afriforum won a court battle to sue the Zimbabwean government over it’s expropriation of South African farmers’ land without compensation
In 2008, the South African Development Corporation (SADC) ruled that Zimbabwe’s expropriation of land without compensation was racist and illegal.
At the time, about 318 South African farmers were said to have lost their rights in the Zimbabwean land reform policy. What some of us have been hoping to hear in the legal battle is the theft of the indigenous Africans’ land which was taken by settlers – without compensation. Why shouldn’t they be compensated/
Nel’s and racist Afriforum’s fight must not hide behind assault charges. What they had not anticipated is how this battle will open the issue of land theft.