SADC calls another meeting to deal with Zim crisis

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CNN, a U.S. based global news channel reported yesterday that Opposition leader for Movement for Democratic Change ( MDC) Morgan Tsvangirai, who had been receiving cancer treatment overseas, returned to Harare after the military takeover.

Mugabe and envoys from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have held talks in Harare Thursday after the military took control of Zimbabwe, a South African official said. "Allowing a pariah and disgraced leader such as Mugabe asylum in our country would be an affront to the values and principles upon which our constitutional democracy is based", Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota, said.

Tanks were deployed on the streets of the capital Harare on Wednesday in an apparent attempt to seize power from the 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980 when the country gained independence from the United Kingdom.

Maimane said Mugabe must step down immediately and Zimbabwe should go to the polls to elect a new government.

Robert Mugabe has, like many other leaders on the continent, turned from liberator to dictator, with human rights abuses and crimes against peace being committed under his watch.

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Zimbabwean intelligence reports seen by Reuters suggest Mr. Mugabe's exit was in the planning for more than a year.

Smith said Zimbabweans would only leave South Africa if they were not finding jobs and the transition in Zimbabwe presented economic opportunities.

In an early November joint statement, the Zimbabwe bishops' conference and the Zimbabwe Council of Churches said the country's politics had become "poisonous, and there is no more civilized debate in our institutions".

Ms Joice Mujuru, a Zimbabwean Vice-President who was sacked in 2014, called for "free, fair and credible elections" after a transition arrangement that draws from a range of communities.

"Now whether we give to the government, that depends on what happens in Zimbabwe". "There is no time for vengeance", Mr Dzamara said. Evan Mawarire asked, urging citizens not wait for regional leaders to broker the next phase.

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