South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged Zimbabwean leaders to accept the decision of the country’s Constitutional Court which upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent election victory.

The court validated the results as released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on the 3rd of this month.

In a statement, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko, said the President has also congratulated Zimbabwe’s President-elect on his victory.

Ramaphosa also reaffirmed “South Africa’s readiness to work with the government of Zimbabwe in the pursuit of closer political, cultural, economic and trade ties for the mutual benefit of the peoples of South Africa and Zimbabwe.”