Mugabe's Film Editor Wins Award

Ronelle Lootes beat two other nominees to clinch the Best Documentary Editor award during the 6th South African Film and Television Academy (SAFTA) awards which honour, celebrate and promote the creativity, quality and excellence of South Africa film and television talent and productions.

The awards ceremony was held at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Friday and Saturday with a delayed transmission on SABC 3 Sunday evening.

The film tells the stories of Rhodesia’s transition to Zimbabwe and the personal journey of Robert Mugabe. As a biography it has first- hand accounts of Mugabe’s early life with a desperately poor Catholic mother, what he was like at school, the effects of a Jesuit education and his rage against his absent father.

Episodes of note include the Lancaster House and the Matabeleland genocide.

The 88 year old Zimbabwean President in power since independence in 1980 has been a hit on the South African screen as he continues to cling to power. A South African fast food chain was forced to withdraw a TV advert that poked fun at Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as “the last dictator standing”.

Nando’s South Africa alleged at the time of withdrawal that it had decided to act after its staff in Zimbabwe received threats from a youth group loyal to Zanu (PF).