Well wishes for Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa as he assumes office
South Africa has wished Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa well as he takes his oath of office today.
However, President Jacob Zuma will not attend the swearing-in ceremony as he is hosting Angola's President JoAPound o Manuel Lourenco, who is in the country for a State visit.
Instead, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele, will represent South Africa.
The President has congratulated Mr Mnangagwa and wished him well during their meeting in Pretoria on Wednesday, 22 November, ahead of his return to Harare, the Presidency said.
President Zuma has also extended his good wishes to former President Robert Mugabe and emphasised that his contribution to the liberation of the Southern African region and the decolonisation of the continent, in general, will always be acknowledged and celebrated.
As Mnangagwa prepares to take the oath of office as the second executive president of the republic, he has a mammoth task ahead of him as people have expressed great expectations.
While opposition parties are clamouring for electoral and other reforms to ensure a level political playing field, ordinary citizens are more interested in bread and butter issues.
Social media is awash with a "things to do and not to do" list as Zimbabweans hope that his leadership will usher in a new era of prosperity.
Some have even written open letters to him, imploring him to serve the people well and to his wife Auxillia, advising her to desist from interfering with his work.
Mnangagwa on Wednesday appealed to Zimbabweans to be united as the country works to revive its economy. He also asked for international support.
"We want peace in our country, we want jobs for our people," he said.
However, he will have to turn words into action as the country grapples with high unemployment, rising prices of basic commodities, cash shortages and a general sense of helplessness.
Source: South African Government News Agency