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Zim Solidarity Forum: Real work starts now

Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged to put Zimbabweans first ahead of his inauguration in a week that's seen the end of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe’s time at the helm.

People wave national flags as they celebrate outside the parliament in Harare, after the resignation of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe on November 21, 2017. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe’s Solidarity Forum say that while the nation is celebrating a new political era in the country, there are still hard realties which need to be faced and that the real work starts now.

The forum held a briefing with representatives from various organisations to discuss the unfolding political developments in Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

Human rights activist Venetia Govender says: “I want to say to Zimbabweans, in a diaspora, the next stage is the most difficult stage but I think as South Africans, we pledge to be there as constant solidarity partners.”

Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged to put Zimbabweans first ahead of his inauguration in a week that's seen the end of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe’s time at the helm.

Zimbabweans who gathered to welcome Mnangagwa home after a brief stint in exile have labelled Mugabe’s government a dictatorship.

The president in-waiting addressed a large crowd outside the Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare last night just hours after landing in the country.

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