The truth about ‘bosom buddies’ Zimbabwe and SA

The truth about ‘bosom buddies’ Zimbabwe and SA

10th September 1979: The Constitutional Conference on the future of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, attended by Leaders of the Patriotic Front Robert Mugabe (left) and Joshua Nkomo at Lancaster House, London. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Thabo Mbeki, who was tasked with trying to establish a better ANC-Zanu-PF relationship, improved matters by the end of the ’80s.

The first time, Joe Gqabi was lucky. One of his Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) comrades at the ANC’s house in Harare’s middle-class Ashdown Park suburb noticed a thin wire running from underneath the Toyota Cressida to a carport pole. The car was Gqabi’s regular transport and, on that Sunday morning in early 1981, a gut feeling prompted the MK man to check the car. Seeing the trip wire, he then found the plastic explosives fastened to the chassis. Some weeks later, Gqabi – the ANC’s chief representative in newly independent Zimbabwe – wasn’t so fortunate. Driving out alone in the Cressida,...




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