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Zuma to Lead S. Africa Grant Reform After System’s Near Collapse

Zuma to Lead S. Africa Grant Reform After System’s Near Collapse

  South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will chair an inter-ministerial committee set up to ensure social grants are paid to recipients on time after the government was criticized for leading the system close to failure. The committee will consist of ministers including Pravin Gordhan, minister of finance, and Bathabile Dlamini, minister for social development, who […]

Banks Bashed in Battle Over South African Financial System

Banks Bashed in Battle Over South African Financial System

  New allegations by President Jacob Zuma’s supporters that South Africa’s biggest banks are frustrating efforts to address racial inequality signal an escalation of a battle for control of the nation’s financial system including the Treasury. Protestors from the ruling African National Congress’s youth wing invaded a Barclays Africa Group Ltd. branch on Jan. 26. […]

Anti-graft Watchdog Delays Report After Zuma Court Application

Anti-graft Watchdog Delays Report After Zuma Court Application

South Africa’s anti-graft watchdog has deferred release of a report into allegations of political interference by wealthy friends of Jacob Zuma in a move critics of the president fear could lead to a watering down of its conclusions. A court application by Zuma had obliged Thuli Madonsela, head of the agency that has spearheaded investigation […]

#OccupyLuthuliHouse Shows South Africa’s ANC Is Turning On Itself

#OccupyLuthuliHouse Shows South Africa’s ANC Is Turning On Itself

Marching on the headquarters of the African National Congress has a long and sometimes terrible history. In 1994, the year Nelson Mandela was elected, supporters of the rival Inkatha Freedom party marched on the ANC HQ, then at Shell House. Nineteen people were killed after guards opened fire. Other more recent protests have ended in […]

How South African Anti-Rape Protesters Disrupted Zuma’s Speech

How South African Anti-Rape Protesters Disrupted Zuma’s Speech

Simamkele Dlakavu was on her way to hear the results of South Africa’s local elections when she saw on Twitter that the president, Jacob Zuma, was to address the ceremony. “I don’t know how to feel about this,” she thought. Like many South African women, Dlakavu believes Zuma escaped justice when he was acquitted of […]

South Africa Prosecutor To Challenge Jacob Zuma Corruption Ruling

South Africa Prosecutor To Challenge Jacob Zuma Corruption Ruling

South Africa’s prosecution says it will appeal against a court ruling that it should reconsider corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.  Originally, the charges were dropped weeks before the 2009 election which led to him becoming president. But last month, a high court judge described that decision as “irrational”. Mr Zuma has always denied the […]

A Rapist State’s Children: Jacob Zuma & Chumani Maxwele

A Rapist State’s Children: Jacob Zuma & Chumani Maxwele

In Pumla Gqola’s latest book Rape: A South African Nightmare, the Wits University-based scholar asks potentially one of the most important questions ever posed in contemporary post-apartheid South Africa: “What does it mean to ask President Jacob Zuma to take anti-rape work seriously, after we lived through the brutalisation of Khwezi in more than one […]

ANALYSIS: Dramatic Night in South Africa Leaves President Hanging On By a Thread

ANALYSIS: Dramatic Night in South Africa Leaves President Hanging On By a Thread

South African President Jacob Zuma apologised to his country on national television just before 8 in the evening after a dramatic 36 hours that ended with him hanging onto power by a thread. The day before his televised apology the country’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, ruled that Zuma had failed to “uphold, defend, respect” […]

ANC Officials to Support Zuma As Gupta Revelations Shake SA

ANC Officials to Support Zuma As Gupta Revelations Shake SA

As the dominoes continue to fall, revealing more of the alleged influence the controversial Guptas have over government, several ANC sources have told News24 that they are still standing firm behind the family’s alleged ally President Jacob Zuma. Some ANC sources around the country told News24 on Thursday the party will show a united front […]

President Zuma undermining SA women, says rights group

President Zuma undermining SA women, says rights group

“The president is really undermining the laws of this country that seek to protect the citizens of this country and deal with sexual violence against women and children,” spokesperson Nonhlanhla Skosana said. “We are rated the highest in the world in terms of sexual violence against women and children so I think he would be […]

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