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I studied history at university and taught it to advanced level in high schools in Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) where I lived for many years before immigrating to Australia where I now live.
As you can imagine, I was most interested in Rhodes and his work. The complicity of the British government/Milner in the infamous Jameson Raid, which brought about Rhodes’s resignation as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, was a favourite topic for honours students of history. I knew something about Rhodes scholarships but wasn’t aware of his secret society. My elder son was interviewed for this scholarship for Zimbabwe so after reading Brotherhood of Darkness, I asked him again about his unsuccessful interview. He said that he knew what they wanted him to do, but he wasn’t prepared to be confined to their program. As a young man, he wanted freedom and not to be controlled. (This answered a question which had puzzled me since my arrival in Australia: Why did the Labour Party which was controlled and supported by the trade unions, abandon its protectionist policy and go global? The answer lay in the fact that the then Prime Minister and some of his cabinet colleagues were Rhodes scholars!)
Dr Stan graphically describes his visit to Cape Town and Rhodes’s monument there. I have seen this and also his visited his grave that was hewn out of a huge granite kopje in the Matopos hills in Zimbabwe. In these hills, Rhodes had gone unarmed to speak peace to the leaders of the Ndebele tribe which had rebelled against European occupation and rule. He secured peace and won the respect of the local people, receiving their royal salute, “Bayete”, when he was laid to rest.
What is significant is that the Matopos can be described as Zimbabwe’s witchcraft capital, an area where ngangas (witchdoctors) have authority. It was in the shadow of these hills that 16 of my Christian friends who were living in community were martyred 20 years ago by dissidents (Ndebeles opposed to Mugabe’s government). From accounts of the martyrdom, the attack was demonic and death followed attempted decapitation. The locals believed that if one pointed to the main kopje/hill, their arm would freeze. The power of the ngangas in this area is real. A strong mature Christian friend told me that when he went to visit the ngangas with a group of Christians doing spiritual warfare in the area, he felt like a little schoolboy in their presence!
It would seem that Rhodes’s burial place is most appropriate and that the ngangas recognized a fellow traveler.
Rhodes’s influence is pervasive, and I need to confess that I was influenced by his words, “Go north, young man” and went to live in the country, which for a season, bore his name. Zimbabwe, South Africa and indeed the world still reel under his influence. In all, I have a greater appreciation of history and understanding of current events. Many thanks for your inspired and spirit-filled teaching and the wonderful support Dawn gives you.
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