ANC commends Zimbabwe’s army for 'professional, peaceful coup'

The military in Zimbabwe calls it ‘operation restore legacy’ but Gwede Mantashe admits that it’s simply a coup.

FILE: Secretary-General of the African National Congress Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says while it categorises what happened in Zimbabwe as a military coup, the fact that it was managed professionally and peacefully must be commended.

The party has given its first reaction to former president Robert Mugabe’s resignation.

The military in Zimbabwe calls it “operation restore legacy” but Gwede Mantashe admits that it’s simply a coup; the overthrow of the government engineered by soldiers.

But he says it wasn’t a bad coup.

“It was managed quite professionally… no deaths, shooting or running over buildings and I think we should commend the comrades in Zimbabwe for that.”

But does the fact that the coup didn’t result in bloodshed make it okay?

“I don’t know about okay or whether we should judge the matter. All we’re saying is that it was not like the military coups that we’re seen elsewhere in the past, where there’s shootouts, destructions and bloodshed,” Mantashe responded.

Mantashe says what must be welcomed is the fact that there is a transition government in Zimbabwe.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)