- The ZDF and Mugabe is reportedly communicating
- Zimbabwe media claims Mugabe will spend exile in South Africa
- His asylum might not be as peaceful as he expects, with Zimbabweans living in South Africa that fled the country during his reign
It has been reported that President Robert Mugabe met with South African officials and the heads of military on Thursday.
Following the meeting, the Zimbabwe an Force (ZDF) released a statement, which was posted on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s website, they are in discussion with Mugabe and that “as soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy”.
Mugabe’s 37-year-old reign is approaching its end, and some may wonder where he would go next. Following the military seizing power, EFF leader, Julius Malema, remarked that Mugabe should be given asylum in South Africa.
Now, according to Zimbabwe media, Mugabe is likely to spend his exile in South Africa. However, it may not be as peaceful as he hopes.
Briefly.co.za learned from SA People News that Quartz Africa said: “While he may avoid jail, public humiliation, or worse in South Africa, he would be fleeing to a country maintained, in many respects, by the people he drove out. They are South Africa’s nannies, cleaners, and Uber drivers”
“His wife, Grace Mugabe, is wanted in South Africa on charges of assault… What charges might Robert Mugabe face? Perhaps most ironically, he would arrive the same way thousands of Zimbabweans have before him: as a political asylum seeker, trying to escape the consequences of his 37-year-old rule”.
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Vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has been reinstated after Mugabe sacked him last week. Emmerson’s removal came after his supporters booed Grace Mugabe at a rally.
He fled to South Africa following his sudden dismissal, but has now reportedly returned to Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa had vowed to return to lead the country.
The ZDF Statement in Full:
Fellow Zimbabweans. Following the address we made on 13 November 2017, which we believe our main broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and the Herald were directed not to publicise, the situation in our country has moved to another level.
Firstly we wish to assure our nation, His Excellency, the president of the republic of Zimbabwe and commander in chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, comrade R G Mugabe and his family, are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed.
We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.
As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.
To the civil servants, as you are aware there is a plan by the same individuals to influence the current purging which is taking place in the political sphere. To the civil service, we are against that act of injustice and we intend to protect every one of you against that.
To the judiciary, the measures underway are intended to ensure that as an independent arm of the state you are able to exercise your independent authority without fear of being obstructed as has been the case with this group of individuals.
To our members of parliament, your legislative role is of paramount importance, of peace and stability in this country, and it is our desire that a dispensation is created that allows you to serve your respective political constituencies according to democratic tenants.
To the generality of the people of Zimbabwe, we urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movement. However we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activities as usual. Our wish is that you will enjoy your rights and freedoms and that we return our country to a dispensation that allows for investment, development and prosperity that we all fought for and for which many of our citizens paid the supreme sacrifice.
To political parties, we urge you to discourage your members from engaging in violent behaviour. To the youth, we call upon you to realise that the future of this country is yours. Do not be enticed with the dirty coins of silver, be disciplined and remain committed to the efforts and values of this great nation.
To all churches and religious organisations in Zimbabwe we call upon your congregations to pray for our country and preach the gospel of love, peace and unity and development. To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make this abundantly clear this is not a military takeover of government. What the Zimbabwe defence forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country which if not addressed may result in violent conflict.
We call upon all the war veterans to play a positive role in ensuring peace, stability and unity in the country. To members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, all leave is cancelled and you are all to return to your barracks with immediate effect.
To the other security forces, we urge you to cooperate for the good of our country. Let it be clear we intend to address the human security threats in our country. Therefore any provocation will be met with an appropriate response.
And to the media, we urge you to report fairly and responsibly.
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In a previous report by Legit.ng, Embattled President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe made his first public appearance since Wednesday, November 15, when the country’s army took over Harare, its capital.
Mugabe, who held a meeting with the army late Thursday, November 16, reportedly appeared in academic gown for a graduation ceremony in Harare.
The 93-year-old slowly marched in a procession to the podium as he was applauded by cheering supporters while declaring open the event.
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