Nelson Mandela

Mugabe could have been a hero, like Mandela. Instead his legacy is violence and greed

Mugabe could have been a hero, like Mandela. Instead his legacy is violence and greed

It may be hard to imagine now, but in the late 1970s Robert Mugabe was a revolutionary leader, considered a hero by his people.

As a South African, I couldn’t help but notice the clear similarities between Zimbabwe’s leader and Nelson Mandela. Like Mandela, Mugabe was educated among the black African elite, at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. Like Mandela, he was arrested for sedition and served long years in prison for his political beliefs. And like Mandela, he had a child die while he was in prison and was denied permission to attend the funeral.

Mugabe was elected prime minister of Zimbabwe in 1980; Mandela was elected president of South Africa 14 years...

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