LIVE BLOG: Mugabe ‘refusing’ to resign, more details emerge around military takeover

JOHANNESBURG — The situation in Zimbabwe is tense after the military overnight on Wednesday seized control of the country. The Zimbabwe Defense Forces (ZDF) says it will guarantee the safety of President Robert Mugabe, 93, and his family and is only “targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.” The fallout comes after Mugabe fired his long-time ally Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice president in a move that paved the way for his wife Grace to take control of Zanu-PF and the country. The update so far is that the Mugabe’s are still under house arrest. This is the second day of this saga, so be sure to follow our live blog for the latest on what’s happening in Zimbabwe. – Gareth van Zyl