ZIMBABWE’S free-spending first family this week upped their lavish game when Russel Goreraza, Grace Mugabe’s first-born son from an earlier marriage, imported two luxury Rolls-Royce cars worth an estimated R7.5 million.
The move has angered many poor families who battle to put food on the table in a country battling rampant unemployment and worsening poverty.
Goreraza, 34, this week imported two Rolls-Royce Ghost cars from Europe via KLM, estimated to cost $280 000 (R3.73m) each before import duties.
Zimbabwe’s former finance minister and opposition leader Tendai Biti expressed outrage at the latest extravagance from members of the first family.
“Nearly 80% of Zimbabweans are living in extreme poverty and we have this insane first family – the Mobutu Sese Seko’s of our time – squandering taxpayers’ money on houses for Grace in South Africa and now Rolls-Royces for her son,” Biti said.
Biti said Goreraza, like Grace Mugabe’s other sons, was unable to pass a single school-leaving examination.
But via his mother’s position he had established links with the mining industry and had a “fantastic” lifestyle.
Goreraza is heard telling pals in a video that has gone viral that his next vehicle, due to arrive in
Harare soon, is an Aston Martin supercar.
Biti questioned the logic of importing such luxury cars to navigate the treacherous Zimbabwe roads.
“This family are toxic parasites.
“What is Russell going to do with his Rolls-Royces on the pot-holed roads around Harare?
“What kind of person would want to be seen in a Rolls-Royce among such unprecedented poverty in Zimbabwe? He must be mad,” Biti said.
Goreraza, born to Grace when she was married to her first husband, Stanley Goreraza, has a fast-living reputation. Like his two younger brothers, Robert jr, 25, and Chatunga, 21, sons of President Robert Mugabe, he has a chequered reputation. He is a regular visitor to Johannesburg and stays in a Coronation Road, Sandhurst, mansion which his mother rents from an Angolan couple who have left the country to live in Portugal.
Around the corner from the rented house, in Killarney Road, Sandhurst, is the massive, attractive mansion Grace bought in May for more than R40m.
Robert jr and Chatunga are also supposed to live in this house, but they have in the last few weeks rented another flat for entertaining friends at 20 West Street, Sandton, which is where their mother allegedly beat up Gabrielle Engels, 20, last month.
Meanwhile, Grace’s lawyers were at the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, yesterday in connection with charges that she injured Engels at her two younger sons’ rented apartment last month.
Engels claims Grace beat her and two of her friends with an electrical extension chord, causing a slash across her forehead.