President Robert Mugabe is “fine”, South African leader Jacob Zuma has said.
Mr Zuma spoke to his 93-year-old counterpart, who said he was “confined to his home” but “fine”, according to an official statement released by the South African president’s office.
He is also in contact with the Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF), the statement said.
South Africa is planning on sending an envoy to speak to both sides.
Mr Zuma reiterated his earlier calls for “calm and restraint”.