FORMER South Africa Reserve Bank
governor Tito Mboweni says he is
saddened by the hordes of destitute
Zimbabweans begging “on our street
corners” and challenged companies and
“likeminded people” to back a solidarity
“In difficult times, people rely on
solidarity. Zimbabweans are desperate. We can help. Corporates who do
business in Zimbabwe, all of us!
“It saddens me every day to see
destitute Zimbabweans begging on our
street corners. Let likeminded people
help,” Mboweni was quoted as saying by
the local Citizen newspaper.
He added: “As gud people [sic], we cannot just passby, everyday, as disabled
people, blind people, little kids, destitute women, beg for money at the ‘robots’.
“And we turn a blind eye to this?!”
Estimates suggest that more than a million Zimbabweans have crossed the
border into South Africa over the last decade or so to escape an economic
crisis which has lasted as long back home.
Botswana President Ian Khama, whose country also hosts hundreds of
thousands of Zimbabweans, this week said the region was struggling to cope
with the constant stream of economic migrants blamed on President Robert
“It is a big concern,” Khama told Reuters news agency. “It is a problem for all
of us in the region and it is a burden. There’s no doubt about that.”
Former vice president Joice Mujuru, now leading the opposition ZimPF party,
recently conceded that Zimbabwe was burdening the region with economic migrants.
“We understand and we know the suffering they are going through here in
South Africa,” Mujuru told supporters at a recent rally in Pretoria.
“It is also heavy for the government of South Africa to keep such a crowd of
our youngsters – very difficult to control.
“I want to thank them (SA government) so much for the efforts they are giving
for Zimbabweans. I know it’s very difficult to look after our young children of
Mboweni said he had established a solidarity movement which is aimed at
helping destitute Zimbabweans living in South Africa.
The former central bank chief urged South African companies doing business in
Zimbabwe should to support the solidarity movement.
“Let us create a Zimbabwe Solidarity Movement to help our people. I volunteer
to coordinate a solidarity program,” he said.
Source ; Newsday