SA pleased with progress of Zimbabwe’s elections – Ramaphosa

By News24 30 July 2018
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) with Brazil President Michel Temer (R), during the BRICS Summit 'family photo' held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 July 2018. The summit is held over three days and ends on 27 July. EPA-EFE/MIKE HTUCHINGS / POOL

President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished Zimbabweans well as millions in that country vote for new leadership.

This is Zimbabwe’s first ballot without former president Robert Mugabe’s name on the candidate list since the country gained independence in 1980. Mugabe, who initially served as prime minister, became the executive president in 1988 and was ousted in a coup by his own political party, Zanu-PF, in 2017.

Former Mugabe ally and vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa has been president since Mugabe’s removal. He is now one of the main contenders for the position of president, facing off with Nelson Chamisa, opposition party MDC leader.

“This is the most historic election process and as South Africa, and indeed the ANC, we wish them the very best,” the ANC president told journalists on Monday.

He was speaking ahead of the ANC’s national executive committee lekgotla currently underway in Irene, Pretoria. The meeting is set to discuss and assess the performance of government under the leadership of the party since the beginning of the year.

Wishing Zimbabweans ‘the very best’

It’s the second meeting of its kind, with the first lekgotla having taken place in January. At that meeting, the party gave its government an agenda and goals it wanted to be met this year.

Ramaphosa said the ANC was pleased to hear that elections had started off well and that there were no incidents of violence in Zimbabwe.

“It means that the people of Zimbabwe are determined to ensure that they install a government that will be representative of all the people of that country,” he remarked.

Ramaphosa said South Africa supported the people of Zimbabwe and was prepared to work with whichever political party emerged victorious at the polls. DM


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