Lessons to be learnt from Zim crisis: Deputy Public Protector on Twitter

15 November 2017 - 13:51 By Timeslive
Deputy public protector Kevin Malunga.
Deputy public protector Kevin Malunga.
Image: Ihsaan Haffejee

Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga said a lesson from the Zimbabwe crisis was that leaders should never be too drunk on power.

Malunga made this comment on Twitter amid conflicting reports on Wednesday on the situation in Zimbabwe‚ some stating that there was a coup which aimed to remove President Robert Mugabe from power.

There were also reports that recently ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa would take control of the country.

On Tuesday‚ when initial reports surfaced that the army was moving into Harare‚ Malunga said the crisis in Zimbabwe was 20 years late but something had to give.

The Star editor Japhet Ncube said the army had always wanted a dignified exit for Mugabe. He said the firing of Mnangagwa was a huge political mistake.

Businessman Trevor Ncube‚ who owns the Mail & Guardian newspaper‚ told media colleagues he was not doing media interviews because the situation was “fluid and sensitive”.

However‚ Ncube had earlier confirmed that three arrests were made in Zimbabwe on Wednesday morning.

He also said flights in and out of Zimbabwe were operating as per normal.