The Zimbabwean army said it had taken President Robert Mugabe and his wife into custody after gunfire was heard near his compound and troops seized control of the state broadcaster.
But, according to Sky sources, Mrs Mugabe has fled across the border to Namibia.
Armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare, and the military said the action was aimed at targeting “criminals”.
South African President Jacob Zuma said he had spoken to Mr Mugabe over the phone, adding that the 93-year-old “is fine but confined in his home”.
Mr Zuma has also sent an envoy to speak to Zimbabwean army chiefs, who sent troops and military vehicles to patrol streets in Harare on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Zuma has also dispatched an envoy to speak to Zimbabwean army chiefs, who sent troops and military vehicles to patrol streets in Harare on Tuesday afternoon.
Loud explosions could be heard in the capital as the military took control of a paramilitary police armoury and government offices.
The political crisis was sparked by Mr Mugabe’s sacking of vice president – and likely successor – Emmerson Mnangagwa last week.
The 75-year-old former intelligence chief, whose ousting appeared to clear the way for Mrs Mugabe to succeed her husband, was accused of plotting against the government… see more