By Sapien Sapien
A DARK atmosphere is, at this time, engulfing the entirety of the once serene and tranquil region of Southern Africa with orgies of violence escalating at an alarming rate in the countries that make up the regional bloc of the Community of development of southern Africa (Sadc).
Images of despicable acts of looting and use of heavy weaponry were not synonymous with Sadc, but viewers and observers in the region were used to them happening in the ‘arc of instability’. “, an area above the equator, particularly the Middle East and North Africa, commonly referred to as MENA.
It is a sad chapter for the region, a chapter that needs holistic introspection and factual analysis of the evolution of the violence that is now proving endemic in the region.
The violence that proliferates in South Africa goes beyond the logical definition of xenophobia.
What we are witnessing is an exponential increase in violent extremism, a manifestation of behavioral radicalization and escalation of lawlessness, discouragement and disintegration of the postcolonial African state and its models of societal cohesion.
It is sad to see that sub-Saharan Africa is made up of a clubbing youth bulge, which can be a source of opportunity, but which can also turn out to be a vulnerability that can erupt at any time if complex measures are not taken. are not taken to ensure the safety of people against natural calamities and man-made disasters.
South Africa is burning and the pictures coming out of the rainbow nation are not good.
Vigilante groups are beginning to sprout under the guise of “property protection,” a function that is the prerogative of the state.
The military has been deployed to restore law and order, a realization that anarchy is setting in as a clearly overwhelmed president, Cyril Ramaphosa, made a dangerous situation worse by suggesting there appeared to be evidence of ethnic mobilization as far as the violence currently manifesting in South Africa is concerned.
In recent times, racially motivated executions are beginning to emerge, indicating another seismic point as the conundrum caused by the incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma of South Africa quickly spirals out of control.
The situation is delicate for countries like Zimbabwe whose economic supply chains are intrinsically linked to the South African economy.
Zimbabwe depends on South African and Mozambican ports for most of its maritime trade.
Both countries are under siege at the moment, with bandits and criminal elements wreaking havoc, jeopardizing the already vulnerable economy of a country reeling from many calamities such as sanctions, Cyclone Idai, moribund systems that allow vices like corruption to worsen and the corrosive and obviously powerful Covid-19 pandemic.
This is a wake-up call for Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe as a country needs to rethink its business models and make sure it attracts capital that will definitely flee these neighboring countries at a faster rate than Usain Bolt.
It is an inescapable reality. Capital flight was synonymous with post-land reform Zimbabwe in 2000. This, despite clear evidence of racial undertones and structural rigidities, was the consequence of consensus on fundamental issues. However, all conflicts have experienced a post-conflict phase.
The Government of Zimbabwe has made considerable efforts to attract investors.
Pragmatism must now follow pronouncements because unless we embrace pragmatism and rational thinking, any implosion in neighboring states will have debilitating implications on Zimbabwe as a young state.
The push for vaccine tourism, first experienced in the resort town of Victoria Falls, can be scaled up to attract more people to the country.
The benefit of achieving herd immunity was seen in Europe during the just-concluded Euros, where thousands were able to attend stadiums to watch their beloved countries play for the homeland.
These are lessons that can be adopted and used to attract investors because, with the level of power currently seen with the Delta variant, another composite threat looms in South Africa once anarchy is brought under control – the unmitigated spread of Covid-19.
The protection of private property is an important aspect of international trade.
The stability in Zimbabwe can be used to counter the risk of losing access to important trade corridors. An investment-friendly and investment-friendly environment can be used as an innovative boon to circumvent the risk of economic isolation that can manifest due to instability in neighboring states.
Instability in our neighboring countries is an opportunity for terrestrial Zimbabwe and a threat for landlocked Zimbabwe.
It is high time we used our “core business” or rather our “comparative advantage”, as the case may be, to turn threats into opportunities for progress. This requires pragmatism.
I pray for peace in our neighboring countries.
I call on foreigners, especially in South Africa, to avoid the temptation to join in the looting spree
- Sapien is a profession and security analyst