By Justice Marara and Mirirai Sibanda
‘It’s a black boy Madam!’
Many Zimbabweans will remember the above line by Lazarus Boora (a.k.a. Gringo) in his cameo appearance in a 2000 local movie production, Yellow Card. The movie features Leroy Gopal as Tiyane. But it is Boora’s ‘black boy’ statement that is eye-opening. For starters, in the movie, Boora was employed by a white family as a gardener (colonially referred to as a garden boy nomatter one’s age). Boora was even blacker than Gopal, but why refer to another as a ‘black boy’? To understand this would need going back memory lane in the history of slavery as espoused by brother Malcolm X in his parable of “house Negro.” The message was delivered at the King Solomon Baptist Church, Detroit on 10 November 1963.
To understand this you have to go back to what the young brother here referred to as the house Negro and the field Negro back during slavery. There were two kinds of slaves, the house Negro and the field Negro. The house Negroes – they lived in the house with master, they dressed pretty good, they ate good because they ate his food, what he left. They lived in the attic or the basement, but still they lived near their master; and they loved their master more than their master loved himself. They would give their life to save their master’s house – quicker than the master would. If the master said, “We got a good house here,” the house Negro would say, “Yeah, we got a good house here.” Whenever the master said “we,” he said “we.” That’s how you can tell a house Negro.
If the master’s house caught on fire, the house Negro would fight harder to put the blaze out than the master would. If the master go sick, the house Negro would say, “What’s the matter, boss, we sick?” The house negro thus did not see himself as black, but was what Franz Fanon describes as ‘black skins, white masks’. Fanon adds “Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our minds as well”.
But who are these colonial germs in our midst? They are many, but for now ladies and gentlemen, allow us to talk about this bacteria from South of the Limpopo called Mmusi Maimane.
Maimane is a shameless house nigger with no capacity to repent and a virus that has no place on African soil. He hates everything black and African. The disgraced former Democratic Alliance leader has no locus sitandi to comment about Zimbabwe and its socio-political and economic affairs, let alone purport to offer any advice to the nationals of the peace-loving country. That he hails from a country where racists incarcerated Tata Nelson Mandela for 27 years is a shame on its own. That this virus called Maimane comes from a country whose liberation came at the cost of mega litres of African blood from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola among many other precious African lives that died in pursuit of South Africa’s independence must appear to be script written by the devil himself.
His latest remarks about #shutdownZimbabwe movement are terrorist in nature and should be dismissed by any progressive Zimbabwean at home and in South Africa, or elsewhere for that matter. Maimane is a failed politician whose fall from grace is reflective of a failed experiment, indeed just as former DA leader Tony Leon labelled him “an experiment [that] went wrong.” He has no political clout or relevance to be commenting on that brave tea pot nation that against all odds has for mkre than two decades survived the genocidal illegal Western sanctions, particularly in a manner that incites the peace-loving people of the country to stage demonstrations, protests and uprisings against their government.
One wonders why Maimane is obsessed with Zimbabwe at a time his political fortunes are waning and his own country has enough challenges that require his contribution as a citizen, forget about him as a politician. As a fellow African supposedly concerned with the goings on in Zimbabwe, he should rather call for a united and concerted effort from Zimbabweans to rebuild their economy ravaged by crimes against humanity perpetrated by Western nations against a people who dared to re-unite with their soil. For taking the land is Zimbabwe and ZANJ PF’s crime against the West. In fact, Maimane’s statements reflect a hidden hand and an external force working for regime change in Zimbabwe (he is one of the remaining germs that according to Fanon must be removed from our African soil). Maimane has for years shamelessly attacked the sovereign state of Zimbabwe and its leadership, working with the country’s detractors to call for regime change in Zimbabwe.
Perhaps another question to ask is: Who is Maimane speaking for? Who is holding his leash? The answer comes from Malcolm X for Maimane feels ‘Oh Boss, Zimbabweans took our land” (sic). Surely his fixation with Zimbabwe smacks of someone being paid to continuously demonise the country and purport to speak on behalf of so-called ‘concerned’ South africans. But we all know Mmusi Maimane is anti-revolutionary, anti-black majority rule and anti-pan Africanism.
Can it therefore be surprising that Maimane’s sentiments resonate with anti-Zimbabwe groups like International Crisis Group which peddle false narratives about the situation in Zimbabwe and have been cajoling the South African government to have a hand in regime change in Zimbabwe? The group writes about how South African should nudge Zimbabwe into what it calls ‘stability’ because it claims life in Zimbabwe under President Mnangagwa has gotten worse since the advent of the Second Republic. The group goes to great lengths to discredit all the efforts being made by the new dispensation to create a bettrer Zimbabwe, despite being hamstrung by illegal sanctions imposed on the country coupled with unjustified demonisation and a negative image peddled by its enemies.
So, through his blabberings on Twitter, Maimane’s has exposed himself as a willing tool in the hands of regime change proponents who work day and night to try and cause unrest in Zimbabwe. It comes as no surprise too that the xenophobic attacks on Zimbabweans by South Africans are well-orchestrated to create a harsh environment for Zimbabweans so that they go back to Zimbabwe and the diaspora remittances that are supporting millions of families back home are discontinued, thereby increasing poverty and suffering.
Putting all these factors together, it makes sense to conclude that Maimane is not working in isolation. Rather, he is an agent of a third hand working to effect regime change in Zimbabwe by calling for unrest in Zimbabwe through the #shutdownZimbabwe hashtag, while back in South Africa he works with groups that do not have the interests of Zimbabweans at heart. The man has openly fought against the revolutionary spirit of South Africans represented by the African National Congress itself a counterpart of Zimbabwe’s revolutionary ZANU PF party. His hatred for the Zimbabwean fighting spirit and resilience has been laid bare, through his reckless statements that only serve to prove that he is a mascot with an anti-Zimbabwe agenda controling him.
Zimbabweans know better than to follow empty calls for a shutdown. Theirs is an enterprising spirit and culture that, despite challenges, spurs them to value hard work and honesty in a peaceful environment. The #shutdownZimbabwe hashtag will simply die a natural death much to the chagrin of disgraced Maimane and his handlers. Instead of shutting down the country, Zimbabweans will continue keeping their nose to grindstone because they know that ‘nyika inovakwa nevene vayo – a country is built by its people’.
While revolutionary icons such as Steve ‘Bantu’ Biko and Chris Hani (victims of white supremacy) turn in their graves because colonial bacteria such as Mmusi Maimane walk on top of the soil on which they are buried, Zimbabweans will not be swayed but move foward in their undying African resilience.
Zimbabweans are kind and courteous people who trear their neighbors with respect, but when provoked sometimes they lose temper and just say ‘shut up you colonial bacteria, shut the f**k up house nigger Mmusi Maimane!’ Leave us alone!
The views expressed in this article are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent those of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.