Rustenburg - Zimbabweans across South Africa were in a celebratory mood following the resignation on Tuesday of their long serving President Robert Mugabe, hailing it as the beginning of a promising future for their country.
"The optimistic mood sweeping across Zimbabwe right now speaks of a people who are now looking forward to a more promising future," said Zimbabwean journalist Farirayi Kahwemba, speaking to African News Agency from Rustenburg.
"The logical conclusion of whatever road map to follow must be a free and fair elections," he said.
Farirayi had been critical of the leadership in his country. Each time a new mayor was elected in municipalities in South Africa's North West province, he would jokingly tell journalists that "at least there is a new mayor, in my country for over 30 years we had one man, Mugabe as president. In Rustenburg there has been seven mayors, in Zimbabwe since 1980 one man Mugabe rules".
In Hillbrow meanwhile, scores of Zimbabweans took to the streets to celebrate the long-serving statesman's fall.
Nobert Ndlovu, who was part of the celebrations in Hillbrow, believed Mugabe's departure would have a positive impact on the economy.
Some Zimbabweans here in Hillbrow say they are leaving tonight. Zimbabwe's flag is flying high here
“Job opportunities will now open up. We will get jobs. We’ve been in the dark for many years,” he said.
“We’ve been struggling for a long time. We’re grateful to soldiers, our heroes, for removing the president. I’m happy that he’s out.”
Well wishes for Mugabe from Hillbrow pic.twitter.com/VNtLwSI6UR
Mugabe, 93, tendered his resignation on Tuesday, shortly after the Zimbabwean Parliament began an impeachment process to end his 37 year rule..
Celebrations were expected to continued deep into the night in Rustenburg's streets as Zimbabweans celebrate the fall of Mugabe.
Cars hooted in the streets while flying Zimbabwe's flag and other whistled and dance in celebration. They describe the resignation as the dawn of freedom for Zimbabweans.
Additional reporting by ANA