Zimbabwe's LGBTIQ Group Celebrates Homophobe Mugabe's Demise

Cheryl Sanders
November 23, 2017

Mugabe has been president of Zimbabwe since the country attained independence from colonial rule in 1980.

"Of concern is the fact that the former colonizers were ecstatic about the removal of President Mugabe from office", said Mantashe.

"When there is a crisis there we feel it and hopefully the intellectual capacity of Zimbabwe that is all over‚ including here (South Africa)‚ we start moving back to Zimbabwe and start rebuilding that country‚" added Mantashe.

Lawmakers roared in jubilation and people have begun celebrating in the streets.

Statistics South Africa will publish October CPI data on Wednesday, while the South African Reserve Bank will announce its last interest rates decision for the year on Thursday.

Asked if the ANC had any prior knowledge that Mugabe would be recalled‚ the secretary-general unreservedly denied this and said the party was taken aback, just like the rest of the world.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was recently fired as Mr Mugabe's vice-president, is now expected to take over as the country's leader within 48 hours.

"President Mugabe condoned human rights violations, defended criminal actions of his officials and allowed a culture of impunity for grotesque crimes to thrive".

Meanwhile, in South Africa, most Members of Parliament expressed the view that while the military intervention in Zimbabwe must not be celebrated, the people of Zimbabwe should be commended for a peaceful transition.

"Furthermore we would like to call on them to work together across the political divide to ensure that the country is taken forward and that never again does a Zimbabwean suffer oppression by another Zimbabwean", the statement read.

Zimbabwe's major LGBTIQ organisation, Galz, issued a statement shortly after the despot's resignation, saying: "We are ecstatic that the face of brutality, hate and impunity has resigned".

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