It is early evening in South Africa. Cold this time of year. For those of you, like passers-by at a highway pile-up, still watching Zimbabwe …
Bob has made some new rules. Internal transport of processed goods are not allowed to move from the cities to the rural areas to avoid “hoarding”, and basics – like corn – are not allowed to move from the country to the factories. In news this evening processed goods from South Africa are no longer permitted to be imported without a special permit. Curiously, he rejected the currency offer made this week to back the Zimbabwe dollar with the South African rand.
For those seeing a final collapse in this … I’m not so convinced. Zimbabweans have already made other plans. Services like Zimbuyer are sophisticated services allowing expat Zimbabweans to purchase essentials (include satellite TV) directly for relatives back home. All Bob is doing is further reinforcing the parallel economy; undermining the little bit of his regime that remains.
The state is quite dead, but its ghost lingers. Time for some African leader with gumption to invade and make it theirs. Botswana, anyone?
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