Power-crazed Mugabe’s path to longevity is well-hewed by ...


Power-crazed Mugabe’s path to longevity is well-hewed by dictators

Even after he tipped Zimbabwe into the abyss, Mbeki and Ramaphosa feed into the greater tragedy of his long misrule


Thomas More’s prescription sola mors tyrranicida est (“death is the only way to be rid of tyrants”) proved to be half-right when 95-year-old Robert Mugabe died in Singapore.

Theoretically, it was not his physical demise but a political event, an in-house coup by his one-time trusted deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in 2017, which led to his downfall.

But the reverential outpourings of love and admiration for Mugabe and his top-down tyranny by Mnangagwa and Cyril Ramaphosa and Thabo Mbeki suggest that the dead dictator’s shadow looms large even if he no longer held formal office at the time of his death...

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