Former Zimbabwean finance minister Tendai Biti has warned that SA "must literally and metaphorically not cross the Limpopo". "You do not want it," said Biti, speaking in Johannesburg at an event organised by The Daily Maverick and Nandos, two days after former president Robert Mugabe resigned following a "soft coup" by the military. He was referring to Mugabe’s 37 years of authoritarian rule. Biti, a prominent lawyer and a member of the opposition, was finance minister during the short-lived government of national unity. He warned that the presence of the military on the streets of Harare proved that Zimbabwe is still a securocratic state. "What happened last week [to Mugabe] was a recall of someone who was no longer acting for the securocratic state," Biti said. He said South Africans should be proud of their Constitution, while also praising the Constitutional Court judgment of the UDM v Speaker of Parliament, in which the court found that the speaker does, indeed, have the discre...

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