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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 […]

Renewing And Redesigning The ANC: What To Expect

Renewing And Redesigning The ANC: What To Expect

One of the big topics of discussion at the ANC’s national policy conference will be organisational renewal and design – major issues the party has said are crucial to preventing further losses when South Africa goes to the polls in 2019. Here are some of the main points on the cards for discussion: Is there […]

South African parliament To Investigate Eskom Over Graft Allegations

South African parliament To Investigate Eskom Over Graft Allegations

  South Africa’s parliament will begin an investigation next week into state-run utility Eskom amid allegations of mismanagement in issuing government tenders, a legislator said on Monday. Eskom has been at the centre of infighting in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) since Brian Molefe, an ally of President Jacob Zuma, stood down as chief […]

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 […]

Deputy President Ramaphosa Says South Africa Must Avoid “Mafia State” Fate

Deputy President Ramaphosa Says South Africa Must Avoid “Mafia State” Fate

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, seen as a top contender to lead the ruling ANC into 2019 general elections, said on Sunday that the country must not become a “mafia state” as he admitted his party had become associated with corruption. Ramaphosa’s comments were among the strongest he has made on governance as the […]

Ramaphosa Cheered as Presidential Campaign Gains Traction

Ramaphosa Cheered as Presidential Campaign Gains Traction

Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to succeed Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s president received a boost Friday when he secured an enthusiastic reception from ruling party members in the Northern Cape province. About 700 African National Congress officials attending a provincial conference in the central town of Colesberg rose to sing and cheer as Ramaphosa, 64, arrived […]

South Africa’s Phosa Accepts Nomination to Run for ANC President

South Africa’s Phosa Accepts Nomination to Run for ANC President

South African businessman Mathews Phosa said he accepted a nomination to stand as president of the ruling African National Congress. Phosa will challenge Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former chairwoman of the African Union Commission, who are seen as the frontrunners to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the party’s leader at a […]

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 […]

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