2 August 2018
President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulates the newly elected President of Zimbabwe
H.E. Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and the Chairperson of SADC, has called and congratulated Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa on his election as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, following elections held on 30 July 2018.
In this regard, President Ramaphosa has appealed to all political leaders and the people of Zimbabwe to accept the outcome of the election and should they have challenges, they must follow legal remedies provided for in the constitution and electoral law.
President Ramaphosa also congratulated the people of Zimbabwe for conducting a peaceful election as declared by the SADC Election Observation Mission and other election observer missions.
President Ramaphosa also expressed his concern about the violence that occurred on 1st August which resulted in the tragic death of six people.
In this regard, President Ramaphosa has conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims and wish the injured speedy recovery.
President Ramaphosa concluded his statement by expressing his commitment to working closely with the President elect, Mr Mnangagwa to enhance the historical, political and fraternal relations which exist between South Africa and Zimbabwe, with particular emphasis on strengthening economic cooperation in priority areas as mutually identified by the two countries.
ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road