>> He's the only ruler Zimbabwe has known and it's 37 years of independence. But after days of tension and rumors, the country's military ceasing control and holding President Robert Mugabe and his family. Hours after the military was spotted closing in on the capital Harare on Tuesday, soldiers stormed the state broadcaster ZBC over night.
Broadcasting a live message to the nation in the early hours of Wednesday morning.>> The situation in our country has moved to another level.>> The army outlined what it calls a mission, but denied staging a coup or directly targeting their 93 year old president.>> We are 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.>> South African president Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday that he's spoken to Mugabe on the phone. The long-ruling president apparently under house arrest, but fine. Zuma also sending a special envoy to Zimbabwe to meet with both sides and help resolve the impasse.
>> So that peace and stability comes back to Zimbabwe.>> We want to see what we would call an avoidance of violence.>> EU leaders urging restraint from violence from all sides, and dialogue. Many here see McGarvey as a dictator, whose ruined one of Africa's most promising economies.
A stark contrast to his home continent, where he's widely celebrated.