South African President, who is also SADC chairman, President Jacob Zuma, has commended the smooth transition of government in Zimbabwe and the stability that is prevailing in the country.

President Zuma made the remarks after holding a meeting with President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Pretoria this Thursday morning.

Upon his arrival at the Waterkloof Military Base Airport in Pretoria, President Mnangagwa was warmly received with military honours.

He was met by the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Mrs Maite Nkoana Mashabane, Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa Ambassador Isaac Moyo, some senior officials from the SA government and staff members from Zimbabwean embassy in SA.

President Mnangagwa is  accompanied by his special advisor Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo, Finance and Economic Planning  Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Dr Jorum Gumbo, Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development Minister Dr Mike Bimha, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Mr George Charamba and some senior government officials.

After the meeting the two heads of state addressed the media.

President Zuma paid tribute to the Zimbabwean army for a peaceful transition.

President Mnangagwa thanked the SA government for accommodating him during his 16 days in exile, adding that focus is on reviving the economy.

President Mnangagwa and his delegation then proceeded to the Zimbabwean embassy offices in Arcadia, Pretoria, for a meeting with Zimbabwean business people based in SA and SA investors.