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Mugabe calls for ‘togetherness’ during state visit

Southern Africa

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President Robert Mugabe has urged South Africa to focus more on promoting beneficiation of mineral resources. PHOTO: GCIS

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has urged South Africa to focus more on promoting beneficiation of mineral resources between the two countries.

Mugabe, who didn’t shy away from his rhetoric on liberation legacy, resources nationalism and self-determination said there was need for the two countries to promote secondary production of mineral resources which largely remained a major challenge for the region.

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President Mugabe urged the two countries to improve trade relations adding that, “This (visit) is not Bafana Bafana versus Warriors, this is togetherness.”

Mugabe kept the media and ministers in stitches when he narrated that South Africa had forwarded Cecil John Rhodes to Zimbabwe when he was already a corpse.

“We buried him down in Matopos Hills because that’s where he wanted to be buried,” added Mugabe.

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Departing from the business of the day, Mugabe lashed at the imbalance at the United Nations Security Council where five countries are permanent members.

He urged regional peers to consider pulling out of the international body especially due to its present composition.

Mugabe accused the West for the death of the former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi and his family, saying they were hunted down and haunted so as to extract oil resources.

Gushungo, as he is fondly known in Zimbabwe, gave his audience historical lessons about Rhodes, Jan Van Riebeck, Tony Blair and UN Security Council among others.

While Mugabe and his cabinet enjoy two days of white collar treatment in South Africa, some Zimbabweans a few kilometres from the Union Buildings will tonight sleep in open fields due to fear of the resurging xenophobic attacks.

President Mugabe said he had discussed with Zuma the need to find ways of controlling movement of people, acknowledging the influx of undocumented migrants from Zimbabwe.

He apologised to Zuma for the Zimbabweans straining the social system and border control system.

Mugabe had a few words for journalists and sarcastically thanked them for giving him publicity and calling him a dictator.

“Write what you want to write, you can tarnish me I don’t care but you must have a consciousness,” he said.

He added that some Zimbabwean journalists didn’t understand national issues as they focused much of their work on ideological issues and political partisan issues.

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