SABC News Foreign Editor Sophie Mokoena on the latest developments in Zimbabwe
Former Zimbabwean Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa,
“The Crocodile”, arrived back in Harare on Wednesday to take control.
ZANU PF (15 Nov): Last night the first family was detained and are safe,
both for the constitution and the sanity of the nation this was necessary.
Neither Zimbabwe nor ZANU are owned by Mugabe and his wife.
Today begins a fresh new era and comrade Mnangagwa will help
us achieve a better Zimbabwe.
Soldiers deployed across the Zimbabwe capital Harare and seized the state broadcaster on Wednesday, after 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party accused the head of the military of treason.
Chris Mutsvangwa, head of the war veterans’ group issued a statement from Johannesburg praising Army General Constantino Chiwenga for carrying out
“a bloodless correction of gross abuse of power”. The statement said the army
will return Zimbabwe to “genuine democracy”.
The military detained Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo on Wednesday. Chombo is a leading member of the so-called ‘G40’ ZANU-PF faction led by Grace Mugabe.
Albert Ngulube, Deputy Director Central Intelligence Organisation and Kudzai Chipanga, President of ZanuPF National Youth League, have been arrested.
President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of SADC, has noted with great concern the unfolding political situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe.
President Zuma has called for calm and restraint and has expressed hope that developments in Zimbabwe would not lead to unconstitutional changes of Government as that would be contrary to both SADC and African Union positions.
The President has urged the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Defence Force to resolve the political impasse amicably and has urged the Zimbabwean Defence Force to ensure that the maintenance of peace and security in the country is not compromised.
SADC will continue to closely monitor the situation and remains ready to assist where necessary to resolve the political impasse in keeping with established SADC Protocols and processes.