Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Zuma backs Mugabe's comments on state of Zimbabwe

Zuma backs Mugabe's comments on state of Zimbabwe

A group of protesters from a string of African states picketed outside Durban's International Convention Centre while their leaders convened for the World Economic Forum on Thursday.

Don't talk of us as a fragile state from an economic point of view.

According to South African News24, Mugabe made a surprise appearance on a morning panel on fragile States that was held yesterday in Durban and he shared the stage with the likes of American actor Forest Whitaker, Unesco Special Envoy for Peace, and Donald Kaberuka, the special envoy for the African Union Peace Fund.

"You can also call America fragile because, at one time, they went to China on their knees". However, Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, hit back, saying his country was not poor and was highly developed.

"We have over 14 universities and our literacy rate is over 90 [%] - is the highest in Africa".

"We discussed the issue of the situation in the country, the success of the World Economic Forum now and also about the need for us to meet more often, particularly the former liberation movements".

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The 93-year old Mugabe did admit to his country's challenges but says the country perhaps has "more resources than the average country in the world".

Asked by Anton du Plessis from the Institute for Security Studies if he thought Zimbabwe was in the category of fragile States, Mugabe sagged in his chair and slowly retorted: "That isn't true".

"I went into Nigeria three weeks ago to this region of the North East where Boko Haram has raised havoc since 2009 and now 47 000 people are living in starvation conditions even though it has not been declared and five million are on the brink of starvation". "We are not a poor country", he said.

Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa, Ngqabutho Nicholas Mabhena, said his organisation supported the anti-Mugabe protests.

"Roads are killing innocent citizens daily, hospitals are death traps without medication, we do not even have our own currency and the recently introduced bond notes have failed dismally to curb the cash crisis".

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