Tsvangirai has become even more seriously ill in the last few days.
Morgan Tsvangirai, president of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, has become even more seriously ill in the last few days in the Johannesburg hospital where he has been treated since January.
His supporters are telling one another in Zimbabwe to “brace” themselves for information that he is “never going to get better.” Tsvangirai, 65 is with his family in Johannesburg and has been here for three months. He deterioated quite quickly in the last few days and is struggling to breathe.
He was operated on for cancer in South Africa in 2016 and has had several rounds of chemotherapy.
Tsvangirai, prime minister in Zimbabwe’s inclusive government from 209 – 2013 recently met new president Emmerson Mnangagwa, the first time since he launched the MDC that the ruling party has treated him with some courtesty.
Under former president Robert Mugabe he was regularly insulted, personally, and massively abused by the state-controlled media and mocked mercilessly by Zanu PF leaders.
Tsvangirai failed to win elections in 2008 when he did not get more then 50 percent of the vote but he had easily beaten Mugabe in the first round. During the run up to the second round, there was so much violence that he pulled out of the poll.
It was then that South Africa, under President Thabo Mbeki began to implement plans for an inclusive government. Tsvangirai went into it event though it was heavily weighted in Mugabe’s favour. He and others in the MDC said they were going into it to “save” the country as all hospitals, schools and supermarkets were either closed or empty as the Zanu PF administration allowed hyper inflation to wreck the econmy through hyper inflation.
Many believe that Tsvangirai was the bravest of all the post independence leaders who took on Zanu PF which made it clear, shortly after independence it wanted a one party state.
Tsvangirai’s brothers, and his children and his second wife, Elizabeth are with him in Johannesburg.