JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's ruling party, African National Congress (ANC), on Wednesday called for the country and the region to support Zimbabwe's road to reconstruction.
The ANC General Secretary Gwede Mantashe, while addressing a press conference in Johannesburg, said they are ready to work with Zimbabwe to rebuild the country,
"We must continue to respect and celebrate Mugabe for the role he played over the last decade. We will continue working with comrades in Zimbabwe. We will not tell them on who should lead," he said.
Mantashe praised Zimbabweans for a peaceful transition with no shootings and deaths, but declined to comment whether ousting of the Zimbabwean leader was justified, saying it's not for them to comment on that.
He said regime changes cause chaos like what happened in Libya but pointed out that what happened in Zimbabwe is not regime change. Zanu P.F is still the ruling party.
Mantashe said they will support and work with the new administration under Mnangagwa.
South African Parliament also commended Zimbabwean institutions and citizens for their conduct during the problems the country faced. Moloto Mothapo, Parliamentary spokesperson said Mugabe's resignation would help with the peaceful transition to a new leadership.
"We also commend the restraint displayed by key institutions and ordinary citizens of Zimbabwe in what could have degenerated into an increasingly tense, protracted and troubled situation. As Zimbabweans chart the way forward, we pledge our ongoing support for democracy and development in their country."