SADC Tells Zimbabwe to End Coup Peacefully, Calls for a Leaders Summit

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State-owned the Herald reported that Mugabe met with Chiwenga, as well as Catholic priest Father Fidelis Mukonori; South Africa Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Zimbabwe Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi; South African State Security Minister Bongani Bongo; and Zimbabwe State Security Minister Kembo Mohadi at State House in Zimbabwe's capital Harare. The bad part? He is set to exile here in South Africa.

President Mugabe was reportedly resisting the army pressure to quit. Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former security chief and life-long Mugabe confidant known as "The Crocodile" who was axed as Vice-President earlier this month, is the key player.

One government employee, who had arrived in Harare this week, said she remained hopeful that Mugabe would resign. However, reports from Zimbabwe had it that Mr Mugabe was reluctant to relinquish power.

Until yesterday the 93-year-old leader, was yet to make any public statement since the military seized control on Wednesday.

However, the Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) has continued to maintain that it is not planning to stage a coup, rather it is targeting "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe, who have caused social and economic suffering to Zimbabweans and the nation at large.

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Across the country, Zimbabweans were enjoying freedom they haven't had in years. She said she was yet to be contacted by the military or Mr Mnangagwa's people.

Professor Loren Landau, Director of the Wits African Centre for Migration & Society said: "Any uncertainty about the political situation in Zimbabwe will mean people will need to come to South Africa for economic and possibly physical protection".

The report goes on to say the details of Mugabe's exit conditions are closely guarded.

His host, U.S. acting assistant secretary for African affairs Don Yamamoto said that on Zimbabwe "we agree totally and completely with our African Union colleagues".

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