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Protesting students from the University of Zimbabwe take to the streets of Harare in 2001. Howard Burditt/Reuters

Five lessons from Zimbabwe’s game-changing student protests

In 1988 students from the University of Zimbabwe began demonstrating against government corruption. Their protests grew into a national movement that indelibly changed the country.
Run down. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Decline and decay: a sobering trip through southern Africa

I spent most of August 2015 in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia – a depressing and mournful tour indeed. The place I stayed in South Africa, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, is atypical. I am almost…
Grace Mugabe, scourge of her husband’s opponents. EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

Political carnage in Zimbabwe as Grace Mugabe enters the fray

The Roman god, Saturn, ate his children, but was overthrown by one who got away. For politicians, the moral of the story is that you have to keep eating them, and hunt down all who might escape. That is…
He may look like a 90-year-old pariah, but Mugabe’s presence is as strong as ever. EPA/STR

Longevity and bling in the court of King Mugabe

The Robert Mugabe who returned from Singapore for his 90th birthday celebrations was sprightly and energised. His Singapore sojourns, officially designated as trips to treat eye problems, invigorate more…
Onward and upward? Guess which is which. EPA/Ntswe Mokoena

While Mugabe cleans house, Zuma repeats old mistakes

At the end of 2012, I published a deliberately surreal novel entitled Joseph Kony and the Titans of Zagreb. In it, using satire and magic realism, I tied together the corrupt destinies of figures on both…

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