Emmerson Mnangagwa met President Jacob Zuma in South Africa

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma sits before he addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Vastavam web: Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa met in South Africa with President Jacob Zuma today before taking a private jet to return to Zimbabwe.Mnangagwa, 75, is to be sworn in as Zimbabwe’s new leader Friday, following Robert Mugabe’s stunning resignation amid impeachment proceedings against him.He is to be sworn in as Zimbabwe’s new president Friday, said the speaker of parliament after the ruling ZANU-PF party notified him of its nomination of Mnangagwa to replace Mugabe until the end of the term next year.

Zimbabwe has been through “crisis after crisis” and Mnangagwa seems best suited to lead the country forward, said Nyarugwa, who has several university degrees but no job.”We have to try him and see,” he said. “If he doesn’t come up with something, we need to change him as well.” The air force base where demonstrators are congregating is adjacent to Harare’s international airport.Zimbabweans are still reeling from Mugabe’s resignation Tuesday. They cheered and danced in the streets of Harare late into the night, thrilled to be rid of a leader whose early promise after the end of white minority rule in 1980 was overtaken by economic collapse, government dysfunction and human rights violations.It was not clear what the 93-year-old Robert Mugabe and his wife would do next. Mugabe, who was the world’s oldest head of state, said in his resignation letter that legal procedures should be followed to install a new president “no later than tomorrow.”

The privately run Newsday newspaper reported that Mnangagwa would be met on arrival in Harare by army commander Constantino Chiwenga and ruling party officials and then was expected “to meet Mugabe for a briefing.” Zimbabweans woke up to the first day in 37 years without Mugabe in power. With some nursing hangovers, they looked over newspaper headlines such as “Adios Bob and Ta-ta President.” Mnangagwa is a former justice and defense minister who served for decades as Mugabe’s enforcer, a role that earned him the nickname “Crocodile.” Many opposition supporters believe he was instrumental in the army killings of thousands of people when Mugabe moved against a political rival in the 1980s.

So far in the current political turmoil Mnangagwa has used inclusive language, saying in a statement hours before Mugabe’s resignation that all Zimbabweans should work together to advance their nation.”Never should the nation be held at ransom by one person ever again, whose desire is to die in office at whatever cost to the nation,” Mnangagwa said.