His Excellency, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and the Chairperson of SADC, has called and congratulated Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa on his election as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, following the elections held on 30th July.
President Ramaphosa has appealed to all political leaders and the people of Zimbabwe to accept the outcome of the election and, should they have challenges, to follow the legal remedies provided for these in the constitution and electoral law.
President Ramaphosa also congratulated the people of Zimbabwe for conducting a peaceful election, as declared by the SADC Election Observation Mission, and other election observer missions, but did express his concern about the violence that occurred on 1st August which resulted in the tragic death of six people. He also conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
President Ramaphosa concluded his phone call with Mr Mnangagwa by expressing his commitment to working closely with the President-elect, to enhance the historical, political and fraternal relations which exist between South Africa and Zimbabwe, with particular emphasis on strengthening economic cooperation in priority areas as mutually identified by the two countries.
The Presidency, South Africa