August 13 2017 – IT IS no longer necessary for one to go to SA to look for better opportunities like in the old days because Zimbabwe has better conditions than its southern neighbour, says Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
“Let us help them and help prevent our youngsters border jumping to go to South Africa,” says Mugabe, speaking at a Zanu-PF Youth Interface Rally held in Gwanda on Saturday.
”I know that in this province, especially the southern part of the province, the Kalanga area and the Beitbridge area, there is a tradition or at least there was, that a man is not a man unless he has been to South Africa to work there and then come with certain goodies and clothes for the wives.
I was here teaching in 1945 at Empandeni.
I realised that the majority of women who were coming to the mission to be assisted, had their husbands, all of them, working in South Africa.
So, going to Joni is no longer necessary. The conditions there are not better than the conditions created after Independence here.
There is land for you, which is a gain of the suffering that men and women from here together with others from other provinces went through.”
Though Mugabe’s comments have been met with spectism, jobs in SA have become increasingly hard for both legal and illegal Zimbabweans because of a declining economy and institutional xenophobia, where SA are employing non citizens. –