South African President Jacob Zuma has said that Zimbabwe’s President(?) Robert Mugabe is alive and said to be ‘fine’ although is under house arrest after the military seized control of Zimbabwe last night.

Robert Mugabe told Jacob Zuma in a phone call that he was fine, according to an official statement released by the South African president’s office.

The statement also added that Mr Zuma was also in contact with the Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF).

The army takeover comes after Mr Mugabe last week fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mr Mnangagwa – who enjoyed the army’s backing – fled Zimbabwe last week but said he would return to lead the country.

The end of ruling Zimbabwe is looking close for Robert Mugabe. Mr Mugabe has been in power since Zimbabwe’s independence from white minority rule in 1980.

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