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30 Jul 2020
5:05 am

Death of Africa’s best and worst


There are sobering lessons to be learned from the lives of both men.

29 July 2020 - Andrew Mlangeni's casket arrives at the Roodepoort cemetery, escorted by members of the SANDF | Image: Supplied (GCIS)

This week, people marked the deaths of two participants in the southern African liberation struggles in distinctly different ways: one was hailed as a hero, the other as a villain. As ANC stalwart Andrew Mlangeni was buried yesterday amid adulation from across South Africa, many Zimbabweans were commemorating a life much less well-lived – that of Perence Shiri, Harare’s minister of agriculture. Shiri, a former commander of the Air Force of Zimbabwe, was a long-time member of the inner circle of the Zanu-PF dictatorship which has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in April 1980. But he will be remembered, with dishonour,...