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BOTSWANA: The Zezuru Community Feel Discriminated Against


Published: April 8, 2013


By Mmegi, Botswana|

MMANDUNYANE: The Bazezuru have accused government officers of discrimination, saying whenever they seek services from the officers, they are treated badly.

The Bazezuru made their feelings known to the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Edwin Batshu, when he addressed them at a Kgotla meeting held at the village’s Maseka ward on Thursday. Ward chairman Samuel Motoriti said officers usually drag their feet when assisting Bazezuru because they despise them as inferior people.

“We are not treated with respect. They call us names. This happens mostly in government offices and it hurts because it seems like we are not Batswana,” he said.Another speaker added: “Gare tshele sentle, re morafe o nyaditsweng gongwe le gongwe fa re tsenang teng. We need help. This has to stop.”

Motoriti said since 2001, they have had problems acquiring passports, Identity Cards (Omang) and birth certificates.He said their parents came to Botswana before independence from Zimbabwe to settle after they were sent by the Holy Spirit to preach the word of God.

“We are born and bred in Botswana. We do not know anything about Zimbabwe. We only know that our forefathers originated from there. We do not know where to go if some Batswana treat us that way. Re ya go nna Batswana leng tota? A now seriously worked up Motoriti challenged.Motoriti said their parents were granted citizenship after Botswana gained its independence in 1966 and they are surprised that they need to apply for citizenship to obtain an Omang.

“The laws of today are so complicated and convoluted, that we no longer know what is good and wrong. Each time we visit government offices, officers explain issues differently from the other. We are being discriminated and abused verbally in government offices and it hurts, ” he lamented.

Batshu responded saying no Motswana is allowed to discriminate against another Motswana. He said Botswana is a democratic country and discrimination is a threat to democracy.  “Your area Member of Parliament Pono Moathodi has been pleading with me for a while to come and listen to your complaints.

I know of your problems and want you to be patient as I will send a team from concerned departments to address your issues in June this year, ” said Batshu.

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14 Comments on "BOTSWANA: The Zezuru Community Feel Discriminated Against"

  1. Hon Kurirakwejongwe. on Mon, 8th Apr 2013 5:58 pm 

    These are the likes of cross bred dogs like Jumpdgay,sirivhesitadog ,Festusmbwa etc

  2. Comrade Naked on Mon, 8th Apr 2013 6:03 pm 

    Good job Batswana,nizonya zinja zamaZezuru. Anyway why make noise bcoze you are Makwerekwere spreading AIDS n thieving. Very soon we will put a border at Mthwakaziland n you gonna jive. Cde Jumpdaki,Ndumiso,Nkomo,Moyo,Ndetshu n Dlodlo we Mdc-t niyibonile i ID yakwa Mthwakazi na? Kusela I passport manje. Viva Mthwakazi awahambe amaKirimana

  3. Comrade Naked on Mon, 8th Apr 2013 6:13 pm 

    Hahahahaha Mazezuru are feeling the heat no sympathy for donkeys. Batswana are the only people who know how to tame these dirty smelling maShona. Keep it up Batswana. Abatsamaye magrigamba

  4. Chegotsi on Mon, 8th Apr 2013 6:53 pm 

    Talk of ignorancy vana Cde Naked!!!!! If you go to Francistown or anyway in Botswana , all former Zimbabweans are refered to as Mazezuru. Actually the majority of them are Mapostori echi******* who go around selling metal products sema dish and mutswairo. You can not believe it that the majority are actually Ndebeles. Ask anyone who has been to Bots and they will tell you that these pple are discriminated because most of them are illiterate and do not want send their children to school like gipysies.

  5. Comrade Naked on Mon, 8th Apr 2013 7:18 pm 

    Kikikikikikiki Chegotsi,i know Botswana very well mfana, they know the difference between Matebele,Kalanga n Zezuru. Now you want to reject your kins mapostili,are they not maShona? So not all maShona are educated kikikikikiki Chegotsi. Anyway send them to Zvimba,Gushungo will give them land. We maNdebele we are also discriminated by your kins here in Zimbangwe. And you are lucky because Batswana will not declare gukulahundi on you. Just shut up n behave Makwerekwere.

  6. tongogara on Mon, 8th Apr 2013 7:24 pm 

    U naked brain again, watanga kurutsa futi, u are as useless as a donkey, u can’t meet, and u can’t even get manure, njaa. U the last idiot!

  7. Brigadier General Douglas Nyikayaramba live@KGVI on Mon, 8th Apr 2013 7:42 pm 

    Naked i want to kill you *******,,i want to stick a knife up your arse.

  8. Comrade Naked on Mon, 8th Apr 2013 8:05 pm 

    Kikikikikiki niyahlanya Tongogara n KGVI. Today Chegotsi you talk like a human being, amaShona nengodo zamabroom nama zenge. I like the word gipysies,these things are all over mani

  9. Silvester on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 5:34 am 

    Matswanadogs zvimbwasungata zveAMERICA

  10. CHANDO KUPISA on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 7:21 am 

    These Makwerekweres and ****es are just jealous of the Zezurus,who does not know that Zezurus are running their economy even in South Africa and lately Namibia and Angola we are running the show there.

  11. Jumpdaki on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 8:36 am 

    Chikatsi why does your people expect to be treated well, when only yesterday your people chased the Tswanas out of Zimbabwe? did they not cross the boarder back to Botswana because of Zezurus?

    It is a predicament living side by side with you. while Chando boasts but when this backfires you will be the most hated little clan found everywhere and everywhere meaning even inside blair toilets. The Chegodog must stop addressing me when refering to Zezuru tribalism I am not interested nja!

  12. CHANDO KUPISA on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 9:40 am 

    Sorry Jumpgay but hard facts, iam not boasting at all but telling as it is.

  13. letters on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 11:19 am 

    in Botswana even if a child is born to a motswana man and a foreign lady s/he should renounce at the age of 21 years and this should not be seen as a punishment.

  14. Joe on Thu, 11th Apr 2013 6:29 pm 

    Things change and they will in you life time Comrade Naked and you will see that life is to short to spend hating.
    Zimbabwe will rise to be the top economy in Africa within 10yrs. Cause those same Zezuru & Ndebele are learned and have aheart to develop their country once the politics is over and you can tell it’s now game over

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