EYEAFRICA TV: Cape town, SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma in his capacity as Chairperson of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is sending Special Envoys to Zimbabwe and Angola in light of the unfolding situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe.
The President is sending the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the Minister of State Security, Adv Bongani Bongo to Zimbabwe to meet President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwean Defence Force.
Earlier today, President Zuma made a telephone call to President
Mugabe. Mr. Mugabe said he was confined to his home but said he was fine. South Africa is also in contact with the Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF).
Mr Mugabe was detained after the military took over control of the country.
Soldiers also seized the headquarters of Zimbabwe’s national broadcaster, where loud explosions and gunfire were heard during a night of mounting tension in the capital, Harare.
An army general appeared on television to insist that there had not been a military coup and that the president and his family were “safe and sound”.
Special Envoys will also be sent to the Republic of Angola to see President Joao Lourenco, Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security to brief him on the situation.
President Zuma has reiterated his call for calm and restraint and for the ZDF to ensure that peace and stability are not undermined in Zimbabwe.
Robert Gabriel Mugabe has been President of Zimbabwe since 1987 and previously led Zimbabwe as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987.
He chaired the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) group from 1975 to 1980 and has led its successor political party, the ZANU – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), since 1980.
Ideologically an African nationalist, during the 1970s and 1980s he identified as a Marxist-Leninist although after the 1990s self-identified only as a socialist; his policies have been described as Mugabeism.