Home » General » The Other Side of the Limpopo, Part One – How Zimbabweans Deal With ‘Xenophobic’ Violence [analysis]

In this, the first part of an ongoing series detailing how Zimbabweans deal with the repercussions of the violence in South Africa, RICHARD POPLAK meets the head of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, and the busiest man in the local universe.

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition is located in a sprawling Rhodesian-era bungalow on Samora Machel Avenue, in the Harare suburb of Eastlea. The house’s history as a middle-class manse is now so completely erased that the business within seems like it’s been going on forever. The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition is, as one would expect from a country terminally in crisis, always busy. Today is no different. And yet Director McDonald Lewanika is happy to make time for a chat.

“I smoke in public,” he tells me when I walk into his cigarette-swamped, Mad Men-ish office. “I hope you don’t mind.”

Lewanika is a big man with a deep voice dressed in a black suit, who understands that the trouble confronting his countrymen at home and abroad is a feedback loop of violence and shame. The so-called “xenophobic” or “Afrophobic” violence that bedevils Zimbabweans in South Africa is little more than a reflection of the violence that bedevils Zimbabweans…

Source : Daily Maverick