Theresa May hails resignation of Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe

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South Africa is a risky country for President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, to seek refuge as some of its citizens and global human rights activists will hound the couple for crimes they committed there and in Zimbabwe, a top academic has said. "As young Africans, we hope the USA help preserve some of the lofty ideals of equal representation for Africa on the UN Security Council President Mugabe advocated for", Irbard said.

The 93-year-old had led the African country for 37 years, but resigned as impeachment proceedings began against him.

Van Nieuwkerk said it was highly probable that Mugabe, who owned properties in Hong Kong and Singapore, could choose to live in the Far East. British Prime Minister Theresa May said Robert Mugabe's resignation yesterday gave Zimbabwe "an opportunity to forge a new path free of the oppression that characterised his rule", and declared Britain stood ready to help.

Mugabe's successor, former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, will be inaugurated on Friday.

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James Selfe, the chairman of the DA's federal executive, said the party had written to President Jacob Zuma and his foreign minister to warn that taking in Mugabe would be an illegal act in terms of local refugee legislation. This should assist with the peaceful transition to a new leadership.

That decision was seen by many as clearing the way for Mr Mugabe's wife, Grace, to succeed her husband as leader.

Zimbabwean advocacy group, the Election Resource Centre (ERC), on Wednesday welcomed Mugabe's resignation but highlighted the efforts Zimbabweans must make to ensure that a democratic election.

"No African should rejoice over the resignation of Comrade Robert Mugabe".