Just when I think I've heard it all about this utterly ludicrous government, this comes along (via the BBC):
Zimbabwe's government says sanitary towels donated during an international appeal must be quality tested before any duty exemption will be considered.
At the moment Zimbabwean women are forced to use newspaper and toilet paper; those in the rural areas are apparently resorting to leaves and tree bark! And apparently this is leading to infections and illnesses. Has the good zimbabwean government done its duty to Zimbabwean women and quality tested all the newspaper, toilet paper, leaves and bark in the country ..? Of course not! They don't care about women and the indignity they are having to endure. Wow, this makes me angry!
The truth is that the government cannot stand the idea of anyone other than themselves (in this case, the South African unions who organised the appeal and the good South African businesses who donated the sanitary towels) to be seen to be doing the right thing. Here's the important point in the statement:
Mr Matonga said the organisation should apply to the health ministry for duty exemption and a quality-control test, after this the sanitary ware could be distributed by the ministry.
So in other words, give us the fruits of your efforts and we'll take all the credit. It's an admission of failure when someone else has to step in and sort things out, and the government can't stand to admit they have failed. Well, its too late! Women becoming ill because they can't afford sanitary ware is also proof of failure!
I hope the South African's don't fall for that one because we all know what happens when free goods fall into the control of zanu pf - some corrupt minister will sell them on the black market at an inflated price and net himself a tidy profit.
And Zimbabwean women will continue to endure the indignity of newspaper and leaves.
[tags]Zimbabwe, zanu pf, women, gender, sanitary towels, COSATU, South Africa[/tags]