South African President Cyril Ramaphosa who is also chair of the Southern African Development Community has congratulated President Emmerson Mnangagwa on his election and has appealed to all political leaders to accept the outcome.
He said that should there be any challenges, those aggrieved must follow legal remedies provided for in the constitution and electoral law.
Ramaphosa expressed his commitment to work closely with Mnangagwa to enhance the historical, political and fraternal relations which exist between South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Full brief below:
President Ramaphosa congratulates the newly elected President of Zimbabwe
3 August 2018
HE, 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 elections held on 30 July 2018.
In this regard, 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, they must follow legal remedies provided for 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.
President Ramaphosa also expressed his concern about the violence that occurred on 1st August which resulted in the tragic death of six people.
In this regard, President Ramaphosa has conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims and wish the injured speedy recovery.
President Ramaphosa concluded his phone call by expressing his commitment to working closely with the President elect, Mr Mnangagwa 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.
Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President on 072 854 5707
Issued by: The Presidency