Mantashe says ANC was 'taken aback' by events in Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe

"Former President Robert Mugabe, repeatedly fuelled public prejudice against LGBTIQ individuals through public statements that endorsed abuse of LGBTIQ people in Zimbabwe".

He said regime changes cause chaos like what happened in Libya but pointed out that what happened in Zimbabwe is not regime change.

His resignation was announced by the speaker of Zimbabwe's parliament Jacob Mudenda.

Lawmakers roared in jubilation and people have begun celebrating in the streets.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was recently fired as Mr Mugabe's vice-president, is now expected to take over as the country's leader within 48 hours.

"I find it extremely outrageous and repugnant to my human conscience that such immoral and repulsive organisations, like those of homosexuals, who offend both against the law of nature and the cultural norms espoused by our society, should have any advocates in our midst and elsewhere in the world", he said at the Harare International Book Fair in 1995.

"President Mugabe condoned human rights violations, defended criminal actions of his officials and allowed a culture of impunity for grotesque crimes to thrive".

There were no discussions or alerts between Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF and the ANC regarding the removal of Mugabe.

"Declaration by an ambassador of a western country to say "now we'll help Zimbabwe".

"Working with our South African friends, with everybody in the region, that is what we are going to be encouraging, that is the choice we are going to encourage the Zimbabweans to make".

The announcement ended Mugabe's 37-year rule of the African nation.

The EU stands ready to accompany this process in cooperation with the African Union and SADC, and to assist the Zimbabwean people with all instruments at its disposal in order to meet that objective. Robert Mugabe squandered the huge potential of a remarkable country.

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