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Zuma May Face No-Confidence Motion, Parliament Speaker Says

Zuma May Face No-Confidence Motion, Parliament Speaker Says

South African parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete said she’s considering a request to recall lawmakers to debate an opposition-sponsored motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, after he made sweeping cabinet changes that top ruling party officials said was done without their consultation. “Given the seriousness inherent in the motions of no confidence and their […]

Top ANC Leaders Oppose Zuma’s Plan to Fire Gordhan

Top ANC Leaders Oppose Zuma’s Plan to Fire Gordhan

Three of the top six officials of South Africa’s ruling party told President Jacob Zuma that they opposed his plan to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Zuma told the African National Congress leaders in a meeting on Monday that he wanted to dismiss Gordhan because he was […]

South Africa’s ANC Says Must End Corruption, Infighting To Curb Decline

South Africa’s ANC Says Must End Corruption, Infighting To Curb Decline

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) needs to end corruption and party divisions, and deliver on promises to tackle poverty if it is to halt a decline in voter support, a party policy document said on Sunday. The report was produced by the party leadership and comes as the ANC prepares to select a […]

South African Court Blocks Govt’s ICC Withdrawal Bid

South African Court Blocks Govt’s ICC Withdrawal Bid

South Africa’s High Court blocked the government’s attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday, the latest blow to scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma from an assertive post-apartheid judicial system. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said the government would press ahead with withdrawing from the Hague-based tribunal, noting that the ruling was based largely […]

Madam President; South Africa’s Next President Might Be A Woman

Madam President; South Africa’s Next President Might Be A Woman

  South Africa’s race for the presidency has begun and two of the front-runners are women. The ruling African National Congress will only choose a leader at the end of the year, and the national election will only take place in 2019, but already two women seem to have a real chance at victory: outgoing […]

S.Africa’s ANC Scolds Pretoria Mayor For “Regrettable” Taiwan Visit

S.Africa’s ANC Scolds Pretoria Mayor For “Regrettable” Taiwan Visit

South Africa’s ruling ANC party rebuked the opposition mayor of Pretoria for visiting Taiwan last month in what it called a violation of its foreign policy that recognises only the People’s Republic of China. The ANC said any officials making trips at odds with South Africa’s foreign relationships should be stripped of their passports. China […]

South Africa’s ANC Backs Zuma After Calls For Him To Quit

South Africa’s ANC Backs Zuma After Calls For Him To Quit

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress said on Tuesday its executive committee had stood by President Jacob Zuma in a debate called after media reported that four ministers had demanded his resgination. The ANC denied media reports that there had been a formal no-confidence vote in the debate which ended on Monday night. The rand […]

#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 […]

Soweto Uprising 40 years On: The Image That Shocked The World

Soweto Uprising 40 years On: The Image That Shocked The World

The sky above was dark with smoke. At the railway station, as Ntsiki Makhubo and her mother returned from a day in Johannesburg, they were met by an anxious crowd. As they stepped down from the train, they trod on shattered glass and heard the news. Your brother has been shot and killed, Makhubo was […]

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 […]

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