Loyiko kickstarts its 380 Degrees Imbizo Demo on Gukurahundi Genocide in RSA

Loyiko kickstarts its 380 Degrees Imbizo Demo on Gukurahundi Genocide in RSA
Published: 23 January 2017 | by Siphelo Mtshetsha, Yanga Mhluzi, Prosper Nkosi & Ayanda Manala

Please visit Loyiko’s 380 Degrees Imbizo Demo on GoFundMe and kindly donate for this important Demo. Click here to access the Link: https://www.gofundme.com/gukurahundi380-degrees-imbizo-demo



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uLoyiko Theatre Group supported by umthwakazireview.com hereby appeals for donations for its Gukurahundi Genocide Demonstration (Demo) against the regime of Robert Gabriel Mugabe to be carried out on the 21st of March 2017 in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa. The route for the Demo will be Jobert Park to Town Bree Taxi Rank via Harison Home Affairs starting at 11:00 am. Memorandums regarding the Genocide will be handed over to the Home Affairs Minister, Hon. Malusi Gigaba and to the Human Rights Commission on this day.
The Loyiko organized demonstration is dubbed:  380 Degrees Imbizo Demo: ICC Arrest and Prosecute Mugabe, Mnangagwa and cronies for Gukurahundi Genocide in Matebeleland. 

The Demo is called 380 Degrees Imbizo because it is intended to be a full blown and massive Demonstration never ever witnessed by Africans and the International Community since Gukurahundi Genocide was committed by the regime of Robert Gabriel Mugabe in the 80s. We must make it big and send a big statement to the World on this issue. 

The Demo is also styled Imbizo Demo on the basis that it is intended to be led by a massive number of Matebeleland people while we, as uLoyiko and South Africans, offer the greatest support we can to the people of Matebeleland. The Demo is intended to be a show of strength and triumphalism of the human spirit over evil.  We therefore call upon many people of Matebeleland to attend the Demo wearing their traditional Regalia. 

380 Degrees Imbizo Demo must be the Mother of All Gukurahundi Demos ever done in our African Homeland against mass murder and Genocides.

The 21st March has been chosen because it is a Human Rights Day and it is in order that we raise all Human Rights violations that have and continue to be committed by the regime of Robert Gabriel Mugabe and Emmerson Mnangagwa against the people of Matebeleland.

It is planned that the Loyiko Gukurahundi Genocide Theatre Play will be staged for 3 days leading up to the Demo, from the 19th March to the 21st March 2017. On the 21st March the Play will be staged after the Demo has been staged. Full details of the Theatre where the Play will be staged will be released soon. Prominent Leaders from Matebeleland are expected to be invited to grace the Demo.

Cognizant of the flagrant violation of the Rights of the people of Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) by the sectarian state of Zimbabwe since the 80s, the Demo seeks to bring to World attention the following charge sheet specifications against the tyrannical regime of Robert Gabriel Mugabe and Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Specification 1: 

That the sectarian government of Zimbabwe under the leadership of Robert Gabriel Mugabe committed Gukurahundi Genocide against the people of Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) between 1983 to 1987 that led to deaths of between 50 000 to 100 000 Matebeles and the displacement of millions to neighbouring countries including the Republic of South Africa and to Western Countries. Thousands of orphans were left with no one to fund their education as bread winners were killed with impunity.

In February 2012, Genocide Watch, an international body that “exists to predict, prevent, stop and punish genocide and other forms of mass murder” declared Gukurahundi a Genocide and a source of “Polarization” between the Shona and people from Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi).

Not forgetting and being mindful of the fact that the Gukurahundi Genocide included the deliberate and calculated assassination of our ZIPRA comrades (Gen. Lookout Masuku and others) and Zapu leaders (Njini Ntutha, Sydney Malunga and others) as well as uMkhonto weSizwe comrades that were based in Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) at the time and some other parts of Zimbabwe. Due to these shared and strong historical liberation links, we therefore have a moral and ethical duty to protect the vulnerable people of Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi).

Specification 2: 

That the sectarian government of Zimbabwe, through its planned and calculated 1979 Grand Plan and its Revised Version, has deliberately violated the ethnic, cultural and linguistic identity of the people of Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi)by denying them conditions that can enable them to promote and develop their culture and language.

 Since 1980, there has been a calculated massive deployment of government employees in Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) from the majority Shona ethnic group in all state Institutions of Zimbabwe and other private entities. This has driven the people of Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) out of their Homeland to seek sanctuary in this country. They need a reprieve and protection from Zimbabwe’s calculated Genocide and marginalization programme in order for them to have opportunities to rebuild their lives, families and their communities in South Africa and in Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) from years of Zimbabwean state brutality, repression and persecution.

Specification 3: 

Linguistically, children at a tender age at primary school level are being denied opportunities to learn at school from teachers that are able and competent to use “instruction of their mother tongue” in schools. Since 1980 there has been a deliberate programme of massive deployment to primary schools of teachers of Shona origin who are not competent or proficient in local Matebeleland and Midlands’s languages or have never been tested for competency or proficiency in local languages to teach in Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) schools. This has resulted in alarming poor school pass rates in Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) and an inability of the children of Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) to access further education and tertiary institutions of learning. These lost opportunities can be availed to the vulnerable people of Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) in South Africa once their status is regularised.

 Any protest by the vulnerable people of Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) against the above immoral behaviours of language and cultural genocide by the sectarian state of Zimbabwe is met with ruthless state aggression and repression using state machinery to cow them into submission.

Specification 4:

Marginalization in all sectors of employment and land redistribution has driven a large number of the people of Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) out of their Homeland to this country in search of employment opportunities since 1980. Land is confiscated from white farmers and locals and given to outsiders from Matebeleland and Midlands. Matebeleland and Midlands (Mthwakazi) people are therefore an endangered and vulnerable people seeking refuge to survive in South Africa and other countries around the world.

Taking into account the above important issues that have been raised, uLoyiko therefore seeks the support of the people of Matebeleland, South Africans, Africans and International citizens of other countries to make this demonstration a success. 

We appeal for donations to capacitate the group to offer a powerful platform for this issue and send a strong message to the perpetrators of this heinous and despicable crime against humanity that we are after them. 

Gukurahundi Genocide is not a closed chapter yet. Matebeleland was turned into Rivers of Blood and we are now determined to turn it into Rivers of Justice and Freedom!


Direct financial donations in South Africa (an online donations link to come soon) can be kindly deposited on the following Bank Accounts:

Uloyiko production:
Account number: 62638237306
Bank: FNB
Republic of South Africa

Bank name: Nedbank
Account Number: 2002835926
Account Name: Siphesakhe Youth Organisation
Branch Code: 10751047
Republic of South Africa


Please feel free to contact the following persons for further information:

 Siphelo Mtshetsha
Siphesakhe Youth Organization Director (SYO)
Tel: 002 773 941 7235

Prosper Siza Nkosi
uLoyiko Project Director
Tel: 002 762 682 5652

 Yanga Mhluzi
uLoyiko Script Writer and Public Relations Officer
Tel: 002 762 204 6739

 Ayanda Manala Sibindi
uLoyiko Project Researcher
Tel: 002 764 152 7589
Email:  info@uloyiko.co.za


- Source: Loyiko Theatre Group/GoFundMe published by umthwakazireview.com

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