Mmusi Maimane

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Mmusi Maimane: ‘Robert Mugabe failed to liberate his people from poverty’

The DA leader opted to take a different approach in paying his last respects to the late Robert Mugabe.

Mmusi Maimane

Photo: Twitter / Mmusi Maimane

As the African continent mourns the death of Robert Mugabe, DA leader, Mmusi Maimane took a tongue-in-cheek approach in paying his last respects to the leader of Zimbabwe.

Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

On Friday, the entire continent was rocked by the news of Robert Mugabe’s death that was verified by Zimbabwe’s current head of state, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

This comes almost a month after it was revealed that the former Zimbabwe president was forced to extend his stay at a Singapore hospital after doctors noted that he was in no condition to be airlifted to his home country.

After many years of fighting against Western superpowers over the liberation of Zimbabweans and remaining independent from international influence, Mugabe finally gave in to his liver condition and was declared dead, at the age of 95.

Tributes pour in for Mugabe

Scores of political parties and leaders from all around the continent, and from some parts of the world, sent tribute messages, honouring the life of the person who, for a long time, has been lauded as Zimbabwe’s liberator.

EFF leader, Julius Malema, described Mugabe as a “martyr and giant of the African Revolution.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa mourned the passing of Mugabe, describing the former leader as “a champion of Africa’s cause against colonialism”.

“Under President Mugabe’s leadership, Zimbabwe’s sustained and valiant struggle against colonialism inspired our own struggle against apartheid and built in us the hope that one day South Africa too would be free,” he said.

“He failed to liberate his people from poverty” – Mmusi Maimane

Maimane, for the most part, concurred with the notion that Mugabe was the liberator of Zimbabwe. However, he added that while this was admirable, it must not be lost on us that Mugabe, indeed, “failed to liberate his own people from poverty and despair.”

This tweet drew ire from people who were of the view that the DA leader was a little too insensitive in stating the obvious at such an inopportune time.

The ZImbabwean government has yet to release updates on the burial details of Mugabe.