African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson of the subcommittee on International Relations, Lindiwe Zulu, says there is a lot South Africa and the ANC can learn from Zimbabwe. She is in the country as an observer during the country’s elections.
Zulu says ZANU-PF has learnt from its past mistakes and is willing to change things for the better in the country. She says public institutions need to be strengthened in order to have a strong and healthy democracy.
Zulu has appealed to politicians to put the people first.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwean students studying at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape say they are hoping that both the ZANU-PF leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC’s Nelson Chamisa will be able put aside their differences and work together to take the country forward.
They were unable to go to their home country to cast their votes due to academic commitments. The country has, for the first time in decades, held elections without Robert Mugabe’s name on the ballot.
He was removed in November after 37 years at the helm.
Kudayi Janhi, Misheck Mugabe and Impi Kuhlengisa say they are happy that the elections were free and fair.
“Whoever is going take over has to make sure that jobs are created for the youth,” says one of the students.
Another student says, “They have to find an amicable way to put the country at heart in spite of their personal gains. The government of national unity will be a good government for us.”