IAN SMITH FAILED, THAT'S WHY HIS GOVERNMENT WAS OVERTHROWN BY VIOLENT, BLOODY REVOLUTION.
For this reason, young 16yr old black boys and girls were forced to walk barefoot to Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania, to learn how to use guns so that they could violently overthrow his incompetent government that offered sanitation to less than 8% of the population.
Smith created laws to confine 92% of the Rhodesian population in concentration camps called reserves and keeps, while preserving the few good jobs for whites, precisely because he could not offer basic services [water, sanitation, electricity, healthcare, social services] and jobs to 92% of the population.
95% of Rhodesian workers were lowly paid farm workers and menial labor with no education, skill or bargaining rights......in other words, slaves.
When Smith left power there were only 5 high schools preparing black kids for one university that took only 500 students a year; Rhodesia had less than 4000 graduates out of a population of 7.4mil people, most of whom were whites who migrated to South Africa after independence; of every 1000 black children born, 200 died before 5yrs of age and the malnutrition rate was over 80% in farm laborers.
The man and his government failed to walk the talk. They failed to dispense their own culture and so called civilization because of incompetence and corruption, hence their government fell.
I heard Themba Mliswa trying to make it seem like Smith's Rhodesia was better than Zimbabwe. He made it sound like Smith created a lot of Industry, so why were over 90% of our people stuck jobless in reserves, languishing in poverty? Why did his parents feel the need to march barefoot to Tanzania in their teens, to learn how to use guns to overthrow a successful government?
Shouldn't young Rhodesians in a successful Rhodesia with jobs, been busy attending tertiary or working in the many industries built by Smith, dating and enjoying their youth as Themba did in Zimbabwe?
Do you see ghetto youth today trying to march to Tanzania with all their education, which they can take anywhere in the world?
Do you see Zim youth marching to Tanzania to learn how to overthrow a black government in a country where they saw one of their own [Ginimbi] make it on Zimbabwean opportunity made possible by liberation?
Do you see young people in Zimbabwe leaving land, gold, resources and all the opportunities in Zimbabwe, to learn how to use a gun? No! because despite Zimbabwe's challenges, most of which are a result of the colonial legacy and its modern day manifestation of neocolonialism, we are light years better off than our parents under Smith for 90yrs.
Our generation's failure to achieve is not because of our government, a village boy called Ginimbi showed us that, but it's us failing to be creative and to use the tools and opportunity that our government gave us [the best education in Africa access to resources, one of the biggest and most profitable stock markets in Africa, access to land, control of our economy, control of our own debt/currency and control of our own labor].
Putting it bluntly, Zanu Pf gave us all we need (more than other Africans are given by their governments) and now we are the ones that need to use those opportunities to improve the country.
Over 80% of our GDP comes form the private sector, which means Zimbabwe is built by you and me, not government.
Sewage spilling in the street in a country under economic war (sanctions) and the most educated Africans, is not a reflection on a black government that is failing, but it's a reflection on us the black citizens who have failed to defend our country and make a return on investment to a nation which gave us subsidized education, healthcare, social services, food and transport so that we could build the nation.