When Smith declared that he did not envisage black majority rule, in a thousand years, there was emotive anger from the black populace. I consider such hysterical anger to have been ignited by the inability to perceive things through sober minds, due to envisaged racial prejudice. Forty years on, do we have the black majority rule in Zimbabwe? What did Ian Smith mean, in his words?
It is quite important to demystify all forms of aberration if we are to attain what is beneficial to everyone. Can we honestly say in Africa there is a country that is enjoying black majority rule? If there is one that purports to enjoy black majority rule, it may be a country as obnoxious as Zimbabwe is, currently. This is undeniable by any sane person.
Let us now come to the meaning of black majority rule. In simple terms, this means the black majority would be self-determined. It does not mean that the black majority would be ruled by others, but that they would be self-ruling. It is, therefore, quite possible that the black majority can, actually, rule in a good democratic system. Currently, we do not have a democratic system in Zimbabwe, as clearly visible.
This does not mean the black majority have to be ruling their fellow men. It simply means that the black majority would be self-determined and, therefore, responsible for their independence. They would reduce themselves to being ruled by others, if they fail to understand the significance of responsibility. All rulers need responsibility, without which they are not rulers.