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uLoyiko members involved in a car accident- foul play suspected

31 May 2017 at 10:26hrs | Views
Yesterday around 7am two members of uLoyiko Theatre play, Mr Ayanda Manala and Prosper Siza Nkosi, were involved in a car accident in Cape Town, SA.

"This is the car we usually use and it was in good condition when it was last checked yesterday," Mr Mhluzi their spokesperson said. "It is difficult not to suspect foul play considering the threats and bribery attempts we have recently encountered," Mr Mhluzi continued.

uLoyiko is a theatre production about the Matabeleland Genocide which occurred between 1983 to 1987, it was perpetrated by President Robert Mugabe and his 5th brigade army against innocent and unarmed civilians, the genocide was solely aimed wiping off the Matebele from the face of the earth, for simple reason that they were Ndebeles.

The play was launched sometime last year around June in Johannesburg where a multitude of people from Matabeleland attended. This did not go down well with the Zimbabwean security forces, it riled them to the extent of making threats against members of uLoyiko. When the threats failed to yield their desired goal, they went further to use a carrot approach, by attempting to bribe the leaders of the Theatre play.

This was also widely publicised in the media and most likely angered the security forces. Knowing how vile the security forces can be and how Zimbabwean politician are jittery about the genocide, it was clear that they would not just stop like that knowing that the play was gaining prominence and thereby unveiling the secrecy of the genocide.

The risks to the Zimbabwean elite are high because the international community is being sensitised and the Matebele being reawakened. The long arm of the law and justice is slowly moving towards the genocide perpetrators and eventually, it will strangle their fat necks and squeeze bit by bit until justice is squeezed out of their evil deeds.

Luckily, the duo did not sustain life-threatening injuries when their car brakes failed to function and they hit another car in front of them. Mr Manala had a twisted arm and Mr Nkosi sustained a knee injury.

"We won't be cowed into submission, we were not forced to do this play, we had a choice not to do it, but we opted to do it fully aware of the risks, some say this is not our struggle, but we say 'injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere', we will continue regardless of the dangers we are facing and may continue to face in the future," Mr Mhluzi concluded.

Source - Thulani Nkala
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