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Mugabe/ANC Argument Could Spark Xenophobia

The verbal spat between the two neighbouring countries’ political leaders puts many Zimbabweans residing in South Africa in fear of xenophobic attacks. There seems to be no end to the verbal war between the ANC and South Africa's northern neighbour Zimbabwe's Zanu PF.

The spat was sparked by utterances made by the 93-year-old Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, while addressing a rally in his country's fourth largest city, Gweru.

In comments, spoken in Shona and translated on NewZimbabwe.com, Mugabe says, “What was the most important thing for (Mandela) was his release from prison and nothing else. He cherished that freedom more than anything else and forgot why he was put in jail.” He further states that even some cabinet ministers in the ANC government blame Mandela for leaving ‘everything with whites.’

The ANC responded through its Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Addressing; Mantashe says, he urged his Zanu

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