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After nearly 4 months at home, mainly for medical reasons we are chomping
at the bit to hit the road again. Our first outing for the year will be a
short visit to Kruger Park over Easter and in May a camping trip to
Kgalagadi frontier Park. Can't wait!
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Venda Myths and
The Venda people
were one of the last black tribes to migrate south of the Limpopo River.
When they moved in to South Africa they found a beautiful, bountiful area,
which they promptly named Venda (pleasant place) and settled there.
Lanky, yet graceful, the Venda people are warm and friendly. Their history
began in the valleys and mountains of Limpopo Province, where their
forebears established a great civilisation centred round Mapungubwe.
Though ruled by kings, the position of women in Venda culture is unusual
in Africa in that they are encouraged to occupy senior positions in
society. It is common for a woman to inherit her father's estate where
there is no apparent male heir.
Children and the elderly have their own role to play. This is linked to
the recognition and worship of the ancestors. Having just joined the
earthly plane, the children are still close to the ancestors. The elderly
are also close to the ancestors because they will soon join the spiritual
realm in death.
In Venda tradition there are many sacred sites, especially Lake Fundudzi
high in the Soutspansberg Mountains. Even today, it is believed this is
where the White Python – the god of fertility – lives.
A must see is definitely the sacred "Lake Fundudzi" situated in the Thathe
Vondo forest, the home of the mythical python and white crocodile. The
python is the god of fertility in the Venda tradition and the legend tells
us that a Venda man had a broken heart because of the loss of a great
love. In his sorrow he walked into Lake Fundudzi at which time he turned
into a python. Young virgin Venda maidens still perform the famous Domba-python
dance in this area to honour this god of fertility. It is also believed
that the white crocodile lives in this Lake. This crocodile might have
really existed because this Lake is still today populated by large
crocodiles, and an albino crocodile might have once lived in the lake
where young, virgin Venda maidens were once offered to them. Lake Fundudzi
is surrounded by mountains and special permission has to be obtained to
visit this sacred Lake. No-one washes or swims in this lake.
Also in the Thathe Vondo forest is the so-called "Sacred Forest". The
Thathe Vondo forest has giant hardwoods (jakkelsbessie, yellowwood), a
wide variety of ferns, creepers and a wealth of plants and trees which
makes the forest nearly impenetrable on foot. The Sacred Forest is a
mystical place, where no ordinary Venda person may walk and as a visitor
one may not walk off the dirt track going through the forest - hikers are
not allowed. In the Sacred Forest, two mythical creatures keep guard
namely the white lion (the spirit of Nethathe an important chief) and the
thunder and lighting bird called Ndadzi which according to myths flies on
the wings of thunder. One can speculate further about this bird and its
origin, and the origin of the Venda people.
The Domba is not a tourist attraction but a ceremony with deep meanings,
and it is not possible to witness many parts of it (teaching, ritual
bath.). The public is only able to see the dancing which is the occasion
for men to choose future wives for their nephews or sons. To see such a
dance one gets goose bumps running up and down your spine looking at the
bodies movies together to their own rhythm.
This is traditionally a male dance in which each player has a pipe made
out of a special indigenous type of bamboo growing only in a few places
around Sibasa and Thohoyandou but unfortunately these have almost
disappeared. It is quite something to listen to the pipe which has only
one note and they have to play in turn in such a way that they build a
The Tshikona is a royal dance, each sovereign or chief has his own
Tshikona band. Tshikona is played at various occasions for funerals,
wedding or religious ceremonies, this can be considered as the Venda
The Tshigombela is a female dance usually performed by married women, this
is a festive dance sometimes played at the same time as Tshikona.
Tshifhasi is similar to Tshigombela but performed by young unmarried girls
(Khomba) - womenfolk.
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Still eating sushi? My bet is that in the not too distant future we’ll see
a decline in the popularity of sushi. Not just because it’s had it’s day
in the sun but more because once the attention shifts from the terrible
events happening in Japan on a daily basis we’ll hear a lot more about
shortages of imported sushi fish and seaweed with fears of radiologic
contamination rising. Most of the seaweed used for nori production comes
from the north east of Japan and in addition the tsunami has had a
devastating effect on marine life as well as human life. If you thought
there was a big enough scare about mercury levels in tuna wait until the
scaremongers raise the issue of mounting fear that fish could be
contaminated by radiation from the crippled nuclear plant.
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Mirna is an educational
psychologist from Stellenbosch. She taught at several schools,
amongst others Stellenbosch High School, Bloemhof Girls’ High and Jan
Kriel School for learners with barriers to learning. She is a mother,
loves art, the ocean and children.
I received many responses to the previous letter called Growing
towards Love, where I shared thoughts on positively growing a relationship
over time. Today I would like to make a controversial statement:
Most couples divorce too soon. In fact I believe that there should be a
mandatory two year separation period after the divorce application and
before a marriage is dissolved.
Please note that the following are generalized statements based on my
professional experience with children affected by divorce.
Every partner in a relationship must have boundaries in order to keep
one’s self respect and protect what is dear to one. And unfortunately
authenticity and self-preservation sometimes force one to walk away from a
relationship. For example, no partner should tolerate continuous violent
or disrespectful behaviour to oneself or one’s loved ones.
However, before you say yes to a divorce consider the following:
Both partners are usually financially worse off after divorce. Because of
the financial strain, caretakers are sometimes forced into choosing
incompatible partners for support. Life conditions of partners, as well as
possible children from the marriage, are more often worse, after a
Although fighting between parents is usually present before the divorce -
it usually continues during and after the divorce. In some cases the
burden on the children even worsens because children are then used as
pawns and collateral in the war of “what is mine” and “what I deserve”.
Last week one 11-year-old boy described it as “my parents are throwing
stones at each other but I am the one who gets hit in the middle all the
Statistics show that more second marriages fail than first marriages. You
can of course decide rather to be in a live-in relationship second time
around, but you will have to agree there is even less security in such a
The logistics of organizing children for visits and shared responsibility
is a nightmare at best. It is a mine field of promises not kept,
misunderstandings, lost items and possible resentment from ex and
A divorce inevitably leaves scars on partners and children’s self-esteem.
It will possibly influence them all their lives. And more often in a
Nobody is left untouched by divorce. Parents, grandparents, children,
acquaintances, friends and even pets are all somehow touched by the strong
emotions that are caused by a divorced. And again most often it would be
With divorce becoming more and more common, people often shy away from the
hard work and commitment that can sometimes be required to fix a marriage,
and sometimes don’t even consider it as an option. And therefore they
capitulate at a time when their emotional reserves are low.
I am not saying one should never consider a divorce all I am pleading for
is to first work hard at trying to fix the relationship and to consider a
lengthy separation such as two years - because sometimes what you lose
during a divorce cannot ever be found again.
A divorce means a shift to the entire status quo of life with far-reaching
consequences and you are bound to lose more than you initially bargained
Respectfully from my heart to yours.
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I will now start a series on the South African National Parks. National
parks offer visitors an unparalleled diversity of adventure tourism
opportunities including game viewing, bush walks, canoeing and exposure to
cultural and historical experiences.
Fifteen of South Africa's 21 national parks offer park or camp-run
accommodation. Most parks and rest-camps have retail facilities and
restaurants. Across the parks, there are a total of 6 000 beds and 1 000
camping and caravan sites, which can accommodate almost
12 000 overnight guests.
Karoo National Park
The Great Karoo is a vast and unforgiving landscape of which the Karoo
National Park is but a small portion. Being the largest ecosystem in South
Africa, the Karoo is home to a fascinating diversity of life, all having
adapted to survive in harsh conditions.
The Karoo National Park is dominated by the lofty Nuweveld Mountains and
rolling plains, with a wide variety of wildlife. Many species have been
relocated to their former ranges, such as black rhino and buffalo, as well
as Cape mountain zebra. Over 20 breeding pairs of black eagle find
sanctuary within the park. There is also a wide diversity of succulent
plants and small reptiles.
The park has five species of tortoise, the highest density of species per
equivalent area anywhere in the world. The Cape mountain zebra is well
established in the park and visitors have the opportunity to compare its
bold stripe pattern to that of the extinct quagga.
The springbok - the emblem of the park and present in high numbers - is a
reminder of the once massive herds that crossed the Karoo on annual
migration, leaving a trail of devastation.
The Klipspringer Mountain Pass not only provides visitors with spectacular
views, but is also an example of civil engineering toil and precision.
Year proclaimed: 1979
Current size: 831.3 square kilometres
Province: Western Cape
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English has been spoken in South Africa for over 200 years, at least since
the British seized the Cape of Good Hope territory in 1795.
Over the centuries the language has evolved into a distinct dialect, with
a vocabulary strongly influenced by indigenous languages.
The strongest influence is probably from Afrikaans, a local language that
developed out of Dutch. But there are also significant influences from
African languages such as isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sesotho, and the Khoisan and
Here and there are words imported from other British and Dutch colonies,
such as India and Indonesia, as well as from the languages of other
immigrants, such as Portuguese and Greek.
According to South Africa’s 2001 census, English is spoken as a home
language by 8.2% of the population, one in three of whom are not white.
Roughly half the population is estimated to have a speaking knowledge of
Below is a glossary of the more common words unique to South African
I am going through the alphabet,
starting with A.
oke, ou (oke, oh) – noun, informal – Man, similar to guy or bloke. The
word ou (oh) can be used interchangeably. From the Afrikaans ou (old).
ola (oh-lah) – exclamation, informal – Hello, greetings, how are you.
oribi – noun – Small African antelope (Ourebia ourebi) with a reddish tan
back and white underparts.
pantsula (pahnt-soolah) – noun – A township style that emerged in the
1950s characterised by snazzily-dressed dancers making quick choreographed
moves to fast-paced music.
pap (pup) – noun – Porridge made from mealie meal (maize meal) cooked with
water and salt to a fairly stiff consistency – “stywepap” being the
stiffest. The staple food of South Africa. “Pap” can also mean weak or
tired. From the Afrikaans.
papsak (pup-suck) – noun, informal – Cheap box wine sold in its foil
container, without the box. From the Afrikaans pap (soft) and sak (sack).
pasop (pus-orp) – verb, informal – Beware or watch out. From the
Perlé (per-lay) – noun – Semi-sweet, slightly sparkly and somewhat cheap
South African wine. From the German Perlwein (slightly sparkling wine).
perlemoen (per-leh-muhn) – noun – Abalone (Haliotis midae), a large
shellfish much like a plus-sized mussel. A delicacy, perlemoen fetch a
high price internationally, putting the species under constant threat from
poachers. South Africa has strict laws, and enforcers, that vigilantly
protect the perlemoen stocks off its shores. From the Middle Dutch
perlemoeder (mother of pearl: perl means pearl; moeder means mother).
piet-my-vrou (peet-may-frow) – noun – The red-chested cuckoo (Cuculus
solitarus). The name, an approximation of the bird’s call, means “Peter my
wife” in Afrikaans.
platteland (plutt-uh-lunt) – noun – Farmland, countryside. Literally “flat
land” in Afrikaans (plat means flat), it now refers to any rural area in
which agriculture takes place.
potjie (poy-kee) – noun – Rounded and three-legged cast-iron pot, with a
lid, used for cooking stew over an open fire. From the Afrikaans
diminutive for “pot”.
potjiekos (poy-kee kohs) – noun – Food – mostly long-stewed meat and
vegetables – cooked in a potjie. A potjie, in Afrikaans, is a three-legged
cast-iron pot used for cooking over an open fire; kos is Afrikaans for
protea – noun – Group of South African fynbos plant species (genus Protea)
with distinctive cone-like flower heads. The king protea is the country’s
puffadder, pofadder – noun – Viper or adder of the species Britis arietans.
From the Afrikaans pofadder.
The history of
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If the history of South Africa is in large part one of racial
divisiveness, today it can also be seen as the story of the creation -
from tremendous diversity - of a single nation.
The earliest South Africans were the hunter-gatherer San (Bushmen) and the
pastoral Khoekhoe (Hottentots), which were collectively the Khoisan. Both
lived on the southern tip of the continent for thousands of years before
written history began with the arrival of European seafarers. But before
that, modern human beings had lived here for more than 100 000 years -
making this country an archaeological treasure chest.
Other inhabitants were the Bantu-speaking people, who had moved into the
north-eastern and eastern regions from the north, starting many hundreds
of years before the arrival of Europeans. For example, Thulamela in the
northern Kruger National Park is estimated to have been occupied in the
13th century. And at Mapungubwe, a settlement thought to stretch back to
the 12th century, artefacts from China have been found.
When Jan van Riebeeck and his 90 men landed at the Cape of Good Hope in
1652 - to develop a vegetable garden to serve the Dutch East India
Company's eastern trade route - their relationship with the Khoekhoe was
initially one of bartering. But a mutual animosity developed over issues
such as cattle theft - and, no doubt, growing unease on the part of the
In 1657, slaves from the East were imported, adding Islam to South
Africa's racial and cultural mix. The descendants of some of the Khoisan,
slaves from elsewhere in Africa and the East, and white colonists formed
the basis of the group now known as "coloured".
By the time Van Riebeeck left in 1662, 250 white people lived in what was
beginning to look like a developing colony. Later governors encouraged
immigration and in the early 1700s, independent farmers called trekboers
began to push north and east.
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Nature's Home Remedies
EASING ASTHMA, BRONCHITIS and ALLERGIES
Inhale Eucalyptus Vapours
If you are lucky enough to have access to dried Eucalyptus globulus, just
boil the crumbled leaves and let them steep for 4 - 5 hours and strain the
bits of leaf before heating the liquid for inhalation. Or, add 5 - 10
drops of commercial eucalyptus oil to the steaming water. Place the bowl
at the edge of a table, sit down, bend your head over the bowl and put a
towel over your head to form a tent. Breathe the vapours for about 10
minutes, taking care not to get too close to the steam. Your lungs may
clear and you'll get a facial as a bonus.
Bronchitis Double Dose
The head-clearing pungency of freshly grated horseradish paired with the
acidic aroma of lemon helps to dissolve mucus in the sinuses and bronchial
tubes. To make your own cough medicine, grate a peeled horseradish root
into a bowl (or cheat and use prepared horseradish) and transfer 2
tablespoons grated horseradish to a small bowl. Add 60ml lemon juice and
stir well. Take 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture two or three times a day. The
expectorant action should set up a cough after each dose, helping to rid
your lungs of mucus.
Fight Asthma with Fish
Omega 3's, the fatty acids found in sardines, tuna, salmon, trout and
other oily fish, work in much the same way as a class of drugs called
leukotriene inhibitors, which disable bodily compounds that contribute to
inflammation of the airways.
Remove Mould to Help Quell Sniffles
If you have a sudden case of the sniffles that won't go away, and you
don't have allergies (or a cold), you may unknowingly be living with
mould. Check for spots in the bathroom or beneath windows subject to
condensation, and kill mould instantly with a 50:50 mixture of bleach and
water. Spray it directly onto the offensive spots and let it sit. The
mould should be stopped in it's tracks within minutes, along with
(hopefully) your runny nose.
Nettle and Hay Fever
If you have access to fresh stinging nettles, wear gloves when harvesting
and washing the leaves. Add 1 cup of tightly packed leaves to 6 cups of
boiling water. Lower the heat and simmer until the water turns green, then
strain through a fine sieve into a large teapot. During the hay fever
season, drink a cup of nettle tea in the morning and one in the evening,
sweetening it with honey, if you like. Rich in calcium and silica, nettle
tea also makes a useful tonic for anaemia and rheumatic problems. It's
thought to be a good detox remedy, and has been traditionally used to
treat skin conditions such as eczema.
Make Your Own Nasal Spray
This homemade spray may help to flush allergens out of your nasal
passages. The isotonic solution parallels the concentration of salt found
in the body, making the spray mild but effective.
This spray works best at room temperature. Discard any unused solution
after two days or it may become contaminated.
1 litre water
1 Tbsp camomile tea
2 tsp salt
Place the water in a saucepan, add tea and salt, and bring to a low
simmer. Stir until salt has dissolved, then let it cool to room
temperature. Pour the solution into an empty nose spray bottle. Spray
twice in each nostril as needed, holding the other nostril closed each
No-Drugs Headache Relief
Running Hot and Cold
To help cure a tension headache (caused by contractions in the head and
neck muscles and brought on by, among other things, stress, anxiety and
lack of sleep) without using painkillers, dip a face cloth in hot water,
wring it out and fold it into a compress. Now place it on your forehead or
the back of your neck to relax tight muscles. To ease a vascular headache,
including migraine and cluster headaches, follow the same procedure, but
use cold water, which constricts the blood vessels and reduces blood flow,
taking the pressure off a painful head.
Coffee to Cure a Headache
A clinical trial from the US found that caffeine, which reduces the
swelling of blood vessels, was found to reduce both the intensity and
frequency of headaches. Subjects in one group were given caffeine alone,
58% reported complete relief. Subjects in the other group were given
caffeine in combination with ibuprofen, an over-the-counter
anti-inflammatory, and 71% saw their symptoms disappear. The reason coffee
works is because it's high in caffeine (and tastes so good).
Sinus Headache Self-Massage
Use your middle finger to massage points on your face just opposite your
nostrils - that is, on your cheeks at the level of the tip of your nose.
Massage in clockwise circles for 2 - 3 minutes.
Head-to-Toe Headache Remedy
Blood drawn to the lower body will reduce pressure in the blood vessels of
the head. What could be lower than your feet? To help soothe a throbbing
vascular headache, soak your feet in a small tub filled with hot water
mixed with mustard powder. After half an hour or so, remove your feet from
the water, dry them and you should feel better.
Sip Ginger Tea
Ginger works especially well for treating migraines, and can help to
alleviate the nausea as well as the pain. Make a tea by pouring 3 cups of
boiling water over 2 Tbsp of finely grated ginger. Steep 4 - 5 minutes,
then strain through a small sieve into a teacup. Ginger tea bags are also
available, but they lack the punch of fresh ginger-root tea.
Wear a Headband
Tie a scarf or bandana, soaked in vinegar, tightly around your forehead to
reduce the flow of blood to your scalp and, in turn, to swollen blood
vessels. It's a traditional headache remedy and, if it eases the pain,
it's worth a try!
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Red Lamb Curry
300g basmati rice
2 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
500g lamb tenderloin, cut into bite-sized pieces
400ml coconut milk
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice & lime wedges to serve
1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to boil - add the rice and cook
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2. Place a wok over a high heat
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5. Decrease the heat to low and cook for 5 minutes
6. Serve the curry hot with the rice and garnish with lime wedges
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I suppose Paddy is to Ireland what Van is to SA!
Paddy goes to the vet with his goldfish.
"I think it's got epilepsy" he tells the vet.
Vet takes a look and says "It seems calm enough to me".
Paddy says, "I haven't taken it out of the bowl yet".
Paddy spies a letter lying on his doormat.
It says on the envelope "DO NOT BEND ".
Paddy spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick the bloody
Paddy shouts frantically into the phone "My wife is pregnant and
hercontractions are only two minutes apart!"
"Is this her first child?" asks the Doctor.
"No", shouts Paddy, "this is her husband!"
Paddy was driving home, drunk as a skunk, suddenly he has to swerve to
avoida tree, then another, then another.
A cop car pulls him over as he veers about all over the road.
Paddy tells the cop about all the trees in the road.
Cop says "For gods sake Paddy, that's your air freshener swinging about!"
An old Irish farmer's dog goes missing and he's inconsolable.
His wife says "Why don't you put an advert in the paper?"
He does, but two weeks later the dog is still missing.
"What did you put in the paper?" his wife asks.
"Here boy" he replies.
Paddy's in jail. Guard looks in his cell and sees him hanging by his feet.
"What the hell you doing?" he asks.
"Hangin’ meself" Paddy replies.
"It should be around your neck" says the Guard.
"I tried dat" says Paddy "but I couldn't breathe".
Some great resorts we have visited
We visited Ekuthuleni,
click here for my report and
You can also see some more photos
Since Ekuthuleni we have also been to Hazyview Cabanas, for my write-up
and pictures click here
We are just back from a really nice trip to Mozambique -
Morrumbene Beach Resort
We have just returned from a glorious week at
Mnarani Club, Kilifi, Kenya
We also had a really nice stay at
Hole in the Wall
and Caribbean Estates
Beacon Wharf in Mossel Bay,
Eagles Nest in Sedgefield,
and Ocean 11 in Mossel Bay
In June 2010 we visited Ukuthula
and Modumela in Botswana.
Click the links for stories and photos
Earlier this month we visited
Sandy Place in St Lucia,
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In August we visited Kagga Kamma, Sutherland, Wildflowers and Kgalagadi
Transfrontier Park, see albums below:
Kagga Album -
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Photo taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park,
just one of those special Kalahari sunsets
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Cathy Buckle has started writing again from Zimbabwe, her letter
Here is Cathy's letter:
Dear Family and Friends,
For the past fortnight Zimbabwe has been subjected to the most
horrific images on ZBC television’s news bulletins. Every evening,
during what is advertised as prime time, family viewing, ZBC TV
have been showing film footage of hundreds of bodies being exhumed
from a mine shaft in Mount Darwin. The same film clips are
repeated in early morning bulletins, as children are getting ready
for school, and again at lunch time; presenting images of such
horror that it doesn’t bear thinking how these gruesome and gory
sights are affecting young minds.
The exhumations are not being carried out by the Ministry of Home
Affairs, Department of Museums and Monuments, archaeologists,
pathologists or other specialists. There don’t appear to be any
independent witnesses, recorders or experts on hand. The Co- Home
Affairs Minister, Kembo Mohadi was quoted in the press as saying:
“My ministry is not in charge of the project and we are not part
of it.” The Director of National Museums and Monuments said the
same, resulting in much suspicion and political posturing. The
Co-minister involved in the country’s programme of National
Healing really put his finger on the pulse when he said: “The
truth must be told during this exercise, but how do you tell the
truth when evidence has been exhumed and reburied without
involving organisations like churches, the Organ of National
Healing, civic society and other groups?”
The exhumations are being carried out by a group called The Fallen
Heroes’ Trust whose co-ordinator is George Rutanhire, a member of
the Zanu PF Politburo.
On television we do not see images of professionals and
specialists carefully recovering the remains, instead we see men
in blue overalls wearing gum boots and plastic gloves pushing and
shoving bones into plastic bags. We do not see the recovered
remains being carefully laid out for examination, investigation
and scientific identification; instead we see great mounds of
human remains, piled high on top of each other, partly covered
with loose strips of plastic sheeting. We do not see ropes and
barriers preventing members of the public from disturbing the
site, instead we see people in their own clothes clambering in and
out of the mine shaft to have a look. And then, horror of horrors,
comes the report that schoolchildren, teachers and villagers in
the area were forced to go down into the mine shaft to view the
bodies close up. The trauma of what they have seen will surely
haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Zanu PF say that the bodies in the mine shaft are the remains of
people massacred by Rhodesian soldiers in the 1970’s. Eyebrows are
raised for many reasons, one of which is that the film footage
being shown by ZBC TV is of some corpses with hair still attached;
bones still joined; clothes still intact. Journalists described a
putrefying stench in the mine shaft; one reporter described fluid
dripping from a body and there appear to be many flies buzzing
around the exhumed remains. All this from bodies that have
supposedly been underground for over three decades?
Perhaps worst of all is that this place of horror and tragedy has
been turned into a prime Zanu PF propaganda venue. One after the
other speakers are coming forward and castigating the MDC for not
visiting the site and condemning Rhodesians. Speeches criticizing
and rebuking Prime Minister Tsvangirai are being made alongside
mounds of human remains and we sit and watch in stunned silence at
the crass insensitivity and obscenity of it all. Respect is sorely
absent throughout this whole gruesome spectacle; respect for the
dead, for their surviving relations and for millions of Zimbabwean
children seeing such horror on television at breakfast, lunch and
Until next time,
26 March 2011
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