'Mugabe won't be forced into exile'

The Presidency released a statement that President Jacob Zuma will no longer be travelling to Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

Zuma was delegated to intervene in the Zimbabwean scuffle with Robert Mugabe but things changed after Mugabe announced his resignation on Tuesday.

Wits International relations professor, Gilbert Khadiagala says Zuma's trip to Zimbabwe was significant. It shows that Zuma was probably going to put pressure on Mugabe to resign but now that is null and void.

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I don't think the relationship between South Africa and Zimbabwe is going to change substantively. The structures of that relationship are still very much in place.

Gilbert Khadiagala, Professor in International Relations at Wits University

South Africa and Zimbabwe have to live together. Zimbabwe is in SADC and it has to behave by the rules of SADC.

Gilbert Khadiagala, Professor in International Relations at Wits University

Again, if they were to be in Zimbabwe, it would have been awkward, because Mnangagwa is only going to be sworn in today, so what will they be doing in Zimbabwe without speaking to the head of state?

Gilbert Khadiagala, Professor in International Relations at Wits University

Khadiagala doesn't think Mugabe will leave Zimbabwe.

I suspect he won't come to South Africa. Since he resigned, there is a lot of goodwill from Zimbabweans to rest and stay in Zimbabwe.

Gilbert Khadiagala, Professor in International Relations at Wits University

He would've came here if there was a big crisis or if he was forced out of power then they would've negotiated where he will be going into exile...

Gilbert Khadiagala, Professor in International Relations at Wits University

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