Cape Town – A picture of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, 93, and his wife Grace - purported to have been taken just before the nonagenarian signed his resignation letter on Tuesday - has gone viral on social media.
This is the first picture that has emerged since Mugabe stepped down.
The picture shows Mugabe and his wife with the veteran leader's "friends", including the country's former reserve bank governor Gideon Gono.
Grace looks "humbled".
Writes social media user @mtyala: “Grace looks like she hasn’t slept in days, the arrogance wiped from her face. What’s “stress” in Shona?
See the picture and the reaction from various social media users below.
A report by AP on Thursday said that Mugabe had not been seen outside a few photographs since his stunning speech to the nation on Sunday night in which he defied calls to step down.
Mugabe was said to remain in the capital, Harare, with his wife but it was not clear under what terms. Some were wondering whether he had secured guarantees of protection, including immunity from prosecution, the report said.
Longtime deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, fired by Mugabe earlier this month, was set to be sworn in on Friday after making a triumphant return to the country. He greeted a cheering crowd on Wednesday night.
First picture of the Mugabe’s emerge after Robert Mugabe was forced out of office on Tuesday. Grace looks like she hasn’t slept in days, the arrogance wiped from her face. What’s “stress” in Shona? ?? pic.twitter.com/xwwhOhZ62h— Quinton Mtyala (@mtyala) November 22, 2017
Former Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, first photo in retirement after being disposed by the military. Like all other dictators, Mugabe may now have to spend and later die in exile.@DanielKanyerezi @DavyLubz @cnnbrk @BBCBreaking @wmosest @nbstv pic.twitter.com/yv5s9oQ3Vn— MugerwaCharl (@CharlMugerwa) November 23, 2017
This latest photo sure shows that Mugabe and Grace vazopindwa nechando manje!— Violet Gonda (@violetgonda) November 23, 2017
In the end, this is what happens when you take people for granted.
Shame maningi... pic.twitter.com/JfD4GwfuBV
The final moment. Before signing his resignation letter, he summoned his real friends, including Gono, once upon a time accused of being Grace's secret lover.— Mathanda (@MathandaNcube) November 23, 2017
Then it was done.
Look at the file next to Mugabe.
Very sad picture. A very sad end. pic.twitter.com/9fmCpjKCnl
Moments before Resignation, Grace looking “humbled” Former Reserve Bank Governor Gono almost in tears! People get drunk on power! Mugabe had been ruling for 37 years but still too sad to go!!! Unbelievable #MugabeResignation pic.twitter.com/CCYpfNEndS— African (@ali_naka) November 23, 2017