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Ramaphosa optimistic about 'historic' Zim elections

Zimbabweans took to the polls to cast their ballots in an election, which for the first time in over 30 years, does not include former President Robert Mugabe.

FILE: President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses ANC delegates at the party's manifesto consultative workshop on 25 June 2018. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed optimism about the elections in Zimbabwe, saying he’s pleased there’s been no violence so far.

The president was speaking on the sidelines of the African National Congress (ANC)’s Lekgotla in Pretoria on Monday morning.

Zimbabweans took to the polls to cast their ballots in an election, which for the first time in over 30 years, does not include former President Robert Mugabe.

Ramaphosa dubbed the election a historic one.

“We are very pleased to hear the election started off very well. There are no violent acts. And it means the people of Zimbabwe are determined to ensure that they install a government that will be representative of all the people of that country.”

He says no matter who wins the Zimbabwe election, the ANC government is willing to work with them.

Last Thursday, Ramaphosa met with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa for a bilateral meeting.

He says whichever way the vote goes, South Africa will continue to work closely with its northern neighbour.

“We say that whichever party emerges victorious, we are prepared to work with them as South Africa. And we wish them the very best. And we look forward to going to the inauguration once the election result has been announced.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)