Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has said the late Robert Mugabe failed to liberate Zimbabweans from “poverty and despair.”
He was reacting on Twitter to the passing of the former President of Zimbabwe on Friday.
Maimane reflected on Mugabe’s legacy and suggested that it was a mixed one at best.
Mugabe’s legacy is that of a liberator who sadly failed to liberate his own people from poverty and despair.Mmusi Maimane
The DA leader nevertheless sent his condolences to the family and loved ones of the late president.
Mugabe was 95 years old at the time of his passing and had been receiving treatment at a hospital in Singapore since April this year.
Maimane’s followers react
Maimane’s tweet drew different reactions from his Twitter followers. Some agreed with him about Mugabe’s mixed legacy.
@Admore4 replied, “Well said Hon. He liberated us from white minority but failed to liberate us from poverty.”
@chiriseri added, “He was of great mind and great intention but left a generational curse and perpetual poverty and corruption that will take generations to undo.”
However, others differed with Maimane and defended Mugabe’s legacy.
@Somagwaza wrote, “At least Zimbabwe belongs to Zimbabweans. Unlike South Africa that belongs Europeans. I’m sure his spirit is resting in peace knowing that the main reason for their struggle was completed in his life time. Right now all what Zimbabweans need to do is to grow their economy.”
@dlakavuterrence said, “He never sold Zimbabwe to the so-called white monopoly capital; that is why Zimbabwe was sanctioned. He is a leader, a true revolutionary leader.”