JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma has called for calm and restraint in Zimbabwe after the military seized control on Wednesday.
In a statement on behalf of the SADC, President Zuma expressed his great concern over the unfolding political situation in Zimbabwe.
He said that he hoped that developments in the country would not lead to unconstitutional changes of government, as that would be contrary to both SADC and African Union positions.
Zuma also urged the Zimbabwean government and its military forces to resolve the political impasse amicably and called on the military to ensure that peace and security in the country was not compromised.
The president is set to make an announcement on the developing situation in Zimbabwe before 1pm this afternoon.
Zimbabwe is engulfed by an atmosphere of uncertainty with reports that President Robert Mugabe and his family are under house arrest.
Zimbabwe’s military was deployed to the streets in front of government offices, courts and parliament.
But the army insists that Mugabe and his family are safe.
President Zuma said he spoke to President Mugabe earlier on Wednesday, with the Zimbabwean leader indicating that “he was confined to his home but said that he was fine. South Africa is also in contact with the Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF).”
“The Special Envoys will also be sent to the Republic of Angola 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.
“SADC will continue to monitor the situation closely,” Zuma said.
Earlier, Zuma said he is greatly concerned by the political situation in Zimbabwe.
Zuma called for “calm and restraint” and “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.”
President Zuma urged Zimbabwe’s government and defence force to “resolve the political impasse amicably” and asked the military “to ensure that the maintenance of peace and security in the country is not compromised.”- eNCA.