South African companies operating in Zimbabwe are playing it safe, with some putting in daytime shifts only while others have relocated staff - but most have adopted a wait-and-see attitude as analysts caution that the political crisis is unlikely to be resolved soon. Zimbabwe faces an uncertain future after armed forces chief General Constantine Chiwenga led a military intervention against President Robert Mugabe, placing him under house arrest. Mugabe, 93, has governed Zimbabwe since 1980. Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Africa expert at the Institute for Security Studies, said concerns remained. Factional fighting in Zanu-PF over succession, coupled with the economic implosion in 2008, has had "everyone in the region anxious for a long time". There was a sense that things were coming to a head, but anything could still happen, she said this week. "Military intervention ... could turn out to be a transition to a democratic system. But [as] we have seen in other African countries, it could per...

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