Planning to visit Zimbabwe? Go ahead, says SA government, never mind the coup talk
The Department of International Relations and Co-operation says South Africans planning to visit Zimbabwe on Wednesday should continue with their plans despite fears of an army coup.
Clayson Monyela‚ spokesman of the department‚ said the South African government was in touch with the Zimbabwean government.
"Our advice would be that whoever wants to travel to Zimbabwe should continue to do that but please maintain regular contact with our embassy there‚" said Monyela.
However‚ he said decisions like that should be taken with due consideration of the prevailing situation on the ground.
"There haven’t been any violent incidents‚ as far as we are aware‚ so we wouldn’t discourage anybody from travelling to Zimbabwe‚" added Monyela.
He was speaking with TimesLive following a reported army takeover of the country’s state broadcaster‚ ZBC.
The military issued a statement saying President Robert Mugabe and his family were safe. It said the military action was "only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country".
The move comes after Mugabe fired his deputy‚ Emmerson Mnangagwa‚ accusing him of being disloyal.
The step was widely seen as a boost for Mugabe’s wife‚ Grace‚ to allow her to take over from her husband as the country’s next president.
Monyela said SA was closely monitoring the situation both as a neighbouring country but also in its capacity as Southern African Development Community (Sadc) chair.