“Necklacing” is the primitive and barbaric method of punishment killing used by Nelson Mandela’s political party – the ANC – against “sellouts” in South Africa during the 1980s and 1990s.  Anyone who did not support the ANC during their “struggle” against Apartheid back then was “sentenced” by “people’s courts” (lynch mobs) to die by necklacing (see Wikipedia for an horrendous eye witness account).  The victim’s hands are tied behind her back and an old car tyre (tire) is forced over her head to form a necklace.  The tyre is then filled with petrol (gasoline) and set alight.  The victim suffers an agonising drawn-out death while the petrol and tyre slowly burns her head and body until she eventually succumbs to horrific burns. 

Nelson Mandela’s then wife (she was married to him for 38 years), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was proud to be quoted in support of this cruel and barbaric form of killing, saying “with our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country.”  This endorsement came in the midst of widespread use of the practice against black people who were seen as supporters of the Apartheid Government by serving as elected officials in local government, or serving as policemen.  In effect any black person who did not actively support Mandela’s political party.  This appalling woman, Winnie Mandela, was known as the “Mother of the Nation” in South Africa at the time and she is still an elected (ANC, of course) member of parliament. 

Western media ignored these atrocities because they were “black on black”, and all in a “good” cause – the “struggle” against Apartheid…  Western media has again quickly moved on from reporting the resurgence of necklacing in South Africa – it’s just too embarrassing for the liberal literati.  But decent, innocent black people are still suffering and dying – both in South Africa and in Zimbabwe. 

The latest news from Zimbabwe itself is that other old terrorist sponsor, Mugabe has been for (prostate) cancer tests in Singapore (Sunday Times).  Opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has braved the assassination threat from Zimbabwe’s Army and has returned to Zimbabwe to lead his own campaign in the “runoff” election between Tsvangirai and Mugabe for the presidency. 

While Mugabe was away for medical tests (that are no longer available in his own country or to his own people), Zimbabwe’s military and paramilitary forces have been “campaigning” for Mugabe and Zanu-PF to win the runoff elections.  They do this by beating, killing and otherwise terrorising the electorate.  Many people have had their hands crushed so that they’re physically unable to place a cross on the voting paper.  The leader of this state conspiracy is the evil Emmerson Mnangagwa, head of the Joint Operations Command (JOC), who led the forces that murdered at least 20,000 innocent Ndebele tribespeople in the 1980s.  Mnangagwa and others like him are now in charge – not the ageing Mugabe who has lost his authority. 

Oh, and by the way, Mugabe has threatened to expel the US Ambassador (BBC) because he insists on visiting the homes of victims of violence in rural areas of Zimbabwe… 

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Author, Peter Davies was a soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975, where he took part in the capture and interrogation of terrorists.  His novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his own experience during Rhodesia’s war on terror, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.  http://www.peterdaviesbooks.com 

Readers who would like to make a contribution to help innocent pensioners, who are unable to buy food and other basic necessities in Zimbabwe, should please contact Patricia Williams by email patashnix@btinternet.com.

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