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Infighting Plagues South Africa’s Ruling ANC as Vote Looms

Infighting Plagues South Africa’s Ruling ANC as Vote Looms

Infighting and scandal are threatening the stranglehold South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has held on power since the end of apartheid. The parlous state of Africa’s oldest political movement, once revered for its role in ending white-minority rule, was laid bare in a report presented by its secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, at a party policy […]

Zuma Lashes Out at Critics Within South Africa’s Ruling Party

Zuma Lashes Out at Critics Within South Africa’s Ruling Party

“Factionalism is a cancer that must be rooted out,” Zuma, 75, said Friday in his opening address to a six-day ANC conference in Johannesburg that will discuss issues ranging from land reform and ownership of the country’s mines to corruption. “We also need to look at the issue of ill-discipline in various forms, including public utterances […]

South Africa’s Zuma Denies Owning “Palace” In Dubai

South Africa’s Zuma Denies Owning “Palace” In Dubai

South African President Jacob Zuma has denied owning a “palace” in the United Arab Emirates, his office said on Sunday, after local media reported that an influential family bought him a home in the wealthy Gulf state. Graft accusations in more than 100,000 leaked documents and e-mails last week heaped more pressure on the scandal-plagued […]

South African Leaked Emails Heap More Pressure On Zuma

South African Leaked Emails Heap More Pressure On Zuma

Leaked documents released by the South African media on Thursday alleging improper dealings in government contracts will open President Jacob Zuma up to renewed scrutiny and may deepen divides in the ruling African National Congress. Zuma has survived calls to resign from within the usually united ANC in recent weeks due to disputes over political […]

High Noon for President Zuma as Key ANC Leaders Seek Ouster

High Noon for President Zuma as Key ANC Leaders Seek Ouster

South African President Jacob Zuma faces a key battle for his political survival this weekend when senior members of his ruling party say they’ll push for its decision-making national executive committee to order him to step down. Zuma, 75, goes into the meeting of the committee facing an unprecedented level of opposition from within the African […]

Zuma’s Plan to Retain Sway in South Africa: Keep Power in Family

Zuma’s Plan to Retain Sway in South Africa: Keep Power in Family

South African President Jacob Zuma may maintain his political clout well after he relinquishes office if his ex-wife and mother of four of his children, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, succeeds him. While Zuma, 75, hasn’t openly anointed an heir, his comments that the party is ready to be led by a woman have been widely seen as support […]

ANC Split in Zuma’s Heartland Threatens His Succession Plans

ANC Split in Zuma’s Heartland Threatens His Succession Plans

As South Africa faces its worst political crisis in a decade with thousands of protesters demanding President Jacob Zuma’s ouster, a key battle to determine who will succeed him is raging on his home turf. The eastern KwaZulu-Natal region accounts for more than a fifth of the ruling African National Congress’ members, the most of the […]

Protesters Gather in South Africa for Second Anti-Zuma March

Protesters Gather in South Africa for Second Anti-Zuma March

Hundreds of people started gathering in South Africa’s capital to call for President Jacob Zuma to resign, the second such demonstration in less than a week. At least 10,000 people are expected to take part in the march in Pretoria led by civil-rights groups and seven opposition parties including the Economic Freedom Fighters and the […]

South African Opposition, Rights Groups March Against Zuma

South African Opposition, Rights Groups March Against Zuma

Thousands marched in major South African cities to protest against President Jacob Zuma on Friday, demanding he quit after a cabinet reshuffle triggered the latest crisis of his presidency. Zuma’s sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in the reshuffle last Thursday has outraged allies and opponents alike, undermined his authority and caused rifts in the […]

Zuma Batters South Africa’s Credibility by Ordering Gordhan Home

Zuma Batters South Africa’s Credibility by Ordering Gordhan Home

South African President Jacob Zuma’s order for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to cancel an investor roadshow in London and the U.S. left the nation’s credibility in tatters. The rand plunged more than any other major currency after Zuma, 74, told Gordhan to return home a day after he departed for the week of meetings. The […]

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