Why Robert Mugabe is on his first state visit to South Africa in 21 years

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace arrived in South Africa yesterday (Tuesday, 7 April 2015) for their first state visit since 1994.

Why is he here?

Listen to the audio (scroll down) for our interview of EWN Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish:

Money; that’s why he’s here.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN Africa correspondent

China wants its pound of flesh. South Africa is his last real friend on the planet.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN Africa correspondent

Robert Mugabe has a significant fan base in South Africa. He stood talking for an hour today! We were sweating and laughing; it was quite amazing!

Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN Africa correspondent

It’s like going to see a rock star you don’t like. When you see him live you realise how good he is!

Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN Africa correspondent

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