The Democratic Alliance has called for Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe to resign and the country to hold fresh elections, as the security situation in that country deteriorates.

Maimane said the current instability was a cause for concern for democracy on the continent.Political tension in the southern African country deteriorated when Mugabe fired his vice president Emmerson Mngangwa last week – amidst a leadership battle within the ruling Zanu-PF.

Mmusi Maimane


“This will allow the people of Zimbabwe to choose a new direction for their country, and to free themselves from the tyrannical reign of Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF. True democracy is adhering to the will of the people, not the internal politics and arrangements of liberation movements,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mnangagwa’s firing followed public attacks by the First Lady Grace Mugabe, who is said to have presidential ambitions to replace Mugabe at the Zanu-PF special congress to be held in December.

Maimane blamed the imploding chaos in Zimbabwe on South Africa’s so called “quiet diplomacy” during former president Thabo Mbeki’s term.


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