Feedback on Tafadzwa Hilton Tamangani’s death

Recently, we shared Dirk Frey’s and Marshall Shonhai’s opinions on the death of informal trader Tafadzwa Hilton Tamangani in police custody, and we invited your responses. Here is some of what you said:

  • It’s the small things that count, small words, small smiles, small greetings and a little holding of the hands. Tafadzwa Hilton Tamangani will join a long list of people who have succumbed to the ZANU machine. Just like Itai Dzamara. Dr. Magombeyi could have been one of them. But it was the small victories that won a great victory. A few women who left stews bubbling on the stove to light a candle at the memorial, a few men who left the comforts of their home to march to Parliament, a little holding of the hands. What will define Zimbabwe’s future are not men and women hiding in the shadows and whispering their discontent, neither will it be the violent, looting and burning. It will be the small actions, attending the trial of the fellow vendors, taking part in peaceful demonstration and aiding the families of victims. Robert Mugabe did not get the mausoleum, but Itai Dzamara did, Jestina Mukoko did, Tafadzwa Tamangani did as did the August 1 victims. It’s the heart and solidarity in all of us that will house their remains and aims, freedom. And it is the small things that will build or tear down that mausoleum of freedom.
  • This is so horrific, that police can get away with this brutality has been known for a long time. My deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones. There is a day of judgement coming and the government & the police who have committed these crimes will have to answer to a much higher judge.
  • Why march for sanctions to go when all they ask you to do is to respect human rights of your own people, no to extrajudicial killings, do not make your own people disappear. I would rather march for peace and restoration of human rights and an end to poverty
  • Don’t condone violence. Let’s advocate for peace. What solution do u hv to offer these street kids / vendors. Solutions are needed now, not grandstanding in court.
  • We are a fascist state. Steve Biko died this way.
  • Oh my gosh this is so very sad. Zimbabweans are all just trying to make a living with these very tough circumstances we in.
  • The story about the vendor who was arrested beaten & later died in police prison pains me so much.
  • Heart wrenching about the 10 vendors and one already dead. Meanwhile, anti-sanctions march preps under way, sigh. I just wish i could have enough money to print some t-shirts written ‘Against sanctions and against pfeerorism’ ‘Abasha America, Abasha Neocolonialism’ etc , wear them under our t-shirts and then flash the message at just the right moment. Taneta nekuiitiswa.
  • Thank you so much for publishing the fate of Tafadzwa Hilton Tamangani. I am one such person craving do something about it as suggested by Dirk Frey.
  • Sanctions should be extended until the black independent Zim government stops commanding its police to kill its people.
  • Looks like our leaders are copying their script from Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Deepest condolences to Tafadzwa family. Why were any of them arrested in the first place? In these hard times vendors are at least trying to make an honest living when so many could become criminals in order to survive. God have mercy.
  • To Tafadzwa’s family I pass my deepest sympathies may the Lord our God comfort them at this sad time,it is so sad to see those in charge of our peace and protection to be the one’s to take a life as if they were blowing out a candle
  • This is so horrific, that police can get away with this brutality has been known for a long time, . My deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones . There is a day of judgement coming and the government & the police who have committed these crimes will have to answer to a much higher judge .
  • Heartbreaking, we continue praying for justice. When will it all end. So sad for all these families that have suffered for doing nothing wrong.
  • If I get the opportunity to leave this free trial of hell, I would. I’m sorry if this sounds selfish, but I wouldn’t put my life on the line for people who would laugh at me when I’m in my grave. I wouldn’t put my life on the line for people who would defend the very same people that oppress them and make excuses for their cruelty and incompetence. It’s not worth it. I wouldn’t want to be a meager statistic with a time stamp on it. It’s either I escape or forget about having children because why bring a child into a broken country like this? The only thing tying me to Zimbabwe as a nation is my residence and citizenship, both of which are social constructs I have no intention of upholding.
  • I sympathise with all the victims of the regime. But remember when they came for us, no one spoke for us. Today some people have the guts to say the so called “Gukurahundi”…and from that hundi, we’ve been frogmarched to the next and the next in the nation’s new killing fields!
  • Neutrality. If you are neutral in a situation of injustice, you have chosen the side of the OPPRESSOR. If an elephant has his foot on the tail of the mouse, and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Truth. We are a complaining people, without the will to change our fate
  • The problem with a bed of nails is that the weight or pressure is evenly spread and no one nail knows the extent that the body as a whole has been endangered and damaged. The nation has accepted and have all the signs and symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome.

Source: Kubatana members