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ANC takes strong early lead in closely-watched South Africa poll

May 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

With more than two-fifths of voting districts tallied, the Electoral Commission puts the ANC well ahead, with its closest rival the Democratic Alliance trailing with a distant 25%

ELECTIONS. President of South Africa and the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa (C) greets a voter as he arrives to cast his vote for the general elections at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo, Soweto, on May 8, 2019. - South Africans began voting today in national elections which the ruling ANC, in power since 1994, is favourite to win despite corruption scandals, sluggish economic growth and record unemployment. The ANC has won all the past five elections, but today's vote is set to be an electoral test on whether the party has staunched a decline in popularity. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

Robredo to Asian, European liberals: 'Stand alongside freedom fighters'

Nov 19, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says it is 'critical' for political parties to restore the people's waning trust in democracy across the world

FREEDOM FIGHTER. Vice President Leni Robredo says it is the mission of democrats and liberals around the world to fight for democracy. File photo by OVP

Fistfight in South African parliament as guards eject lawmakers

Feb 10, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The brawl erupts during the State of the Nation Address of South African President Jacob Zuma

Security officials force out South African opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members during South African President's speech for the 2017's State Of the Nation Address(SONA), on February 9, 2017, in Cape Town. A violent brawl broke out in South Africa's parliament on February 9, 2017 as guards exchanged punches with opposition lawmakers who had shouted down President Jacob Zuma as he tried to deliver his state of the nation address. In chaotic scenes, about 30 guards dressed in white shirts forcibly ejected about 25 members from the radical leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party who had prevented the president from speaking for about an hour. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / SUMAYA HISHAM

8 dead in fighting in Myanmar town on China border

Nov 21, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Clashes erupt between Myanmar s military and several ethnic armed groups in the town of Muse

South Africa opposition coalition talks fail after vote

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:21 AM

Liberal center right Democratic Alliance DA and the radical leftist Economic Freedom Fighters EFF vow to prevent the ruling ANC from taking control of the capital Pretoria and business hub Johannesburg

In this file photo, an Election Commission worker tears a ballot paper at a voting station during local municipal elections in Meyerton, Midvaal Municipality, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, August 3, 2016. Kevin Sutherland/EPA

South Africa's ANC under fire 4 years after Marikana massacre

Aug 17, 2016 - 7:11 AM

There has been no justice that has taken place for those who died in Marikana

Miners dance during commemorations to mark the fourth anniversary of the Marikana Massacre in Rustenburg on August 16, 2016. Mujahid Safodien/AFP

ANC suffers major poll defeat in South African capital

Aug 07, 2016 - 10:10 AM

The election results have highlighted the declining popularity of the party that led South Africa s anti apartheid struggle

Media personnel, Independent Electoral Commission clerks and officers roam around the floor of the Independent Electoral Commission Counting center on August 4, 2016 in Pretoria. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

ANC faces tough test in South Africa local elections

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:21 PM

South Africans vote in municipal elections widely seen as a referendum on President Jacob Zuma

South African political parties municipal elections posters hang from a pole on July 28, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. Mujahid Safodien/AFP

S.Africa appeal ruling sought on Zuma's 800 graft charges

May 24, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Pressure on the president would increase if some or all of the charges – which relate to alleged corruption racketeering fraud and money laundering – were reinstated

APPEAL. A file photograph dated August 6, 2015 shows South African president Jacob Zuma reacting whilst answering questions from opposition parties in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa. File photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

S. Africa court to rule on Zuma corruption charges

Apr 29, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The decision will likely be appealed in a higher court by whichever side loses

PROTESTS. Thousands of South Africans take to the streets of Cape Town in protest against president Jacob Zuma calling for his resignation on Freedom Day public holiday in Cape Town, South Africa, April 27, 2016. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

FAST FACTS: Singapore's parliament system

Sep 10, 2015 - 10:00 AM

A look at Singapore s parliamentary system

S.African opposition party elects first black leader

May 10, 2015 - 8:51 PM

Their new leader is from the township of Soweto heartland of the anti apartheid struggle

South Africa opposition leader steps down

Apr 13, 2015 - 8:57 AM

Helen Zille s departure is seen by many as an opportunity for a black leader to take the helm of Democratic Alliance as it continues its crusade to win black support

In this file photo, South African leader of the official opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) Helen Zille arrives for the State of the Nation address at parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 17 June 2014. Nic Bothma/EPA

South Africa's Zuma under fire over chaos in parliament

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:21 AM

Opposition leaders launch bitter attacks against Zuma as they get their first chance to reply to his State of the Nation Address which was disrupted by police entering the national assembly to evict lawmakers who accused him of corruption

South African President Jacob Zuma arrives ahead of the State Of the Nation Address in Cape Town, South Africa, 12 February 2015. Mike Hutchings/Pool/EPA

Questions swirl over failed Yemen hostage rescue mission

Dec 08, 2014 - 10:22 PM

Questions are mounting over a failed US rescue mission in Yemen that left one US hostage and another South African hostage dead

QUESTIONS. A handout photograph made available by the US Department of Defense, 07 December 2014 showing US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, taking a moment to speak with members of the media on board an aircraft as they travel to Afghanistan, on 05 December 2014. Master Sgt Adrian Cadiz/US Department of Defense/EPA

ANC gets 'overwhelming mandate' from S. African voters

May 09, 2014 - 3:43 PM

With 62 5 of the vote it still falls short of the two thirds majority needed for constitutional amendments and is also down from 66 at the last poll

High turnout in landmark South African poll

May 08, 2014 - 10:22 AM

The African National Congress is expecting to win a fifth consecutive term in power but a strong turnout in South African cities may aid the party s political foes

VOTING. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela casts her vote at the Orlando West High School in South Africa's general elections, May 7, 2014. Ihsaan Haffejee/EPA

Rival S.African parties in violent pre-election clash

Apr 13, 2014 - 12:30 AM

Between 1 500 and 2 000 supporters of the Democratic Alliance party had gathered for a campaign rally in the township when the incident happened

Police use stun grenades at Johannesburg election rally

Feb 12, 2014 - 9:05 PM

Militants supporting the ruling party turned violent towards opposition supporters as they stage a march protesting high unemployment in South Africa

South African opposition deal collapses – party

Feb 03, 2014 - 7:38 AM

It would have been the first time that the DA had fielded a black presidential candidate in an election providing a shield against persistent charges they are a vessel for white interests

QUICK PARTNERSHIP. Helen Zille (R), leader of the South African opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA), speaks at a press conference on January 28, 2014, at a hotel in Cape Town, where Mamphela Ramphele (L), was announced as the DA Presidential candidate for the upcoming 2014 South African elections. Rodger Bosch/AFP

South African opposition unites, Ramphele to challenge Zuma

Jan 28, 2014 - 3:57 PM

UPDATED In Ramphele the DA appears to believe it has found a leader that can nudge the dial in its favor or at least neutralize the African National Congress s ANC attack and tap into deep voter unease

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT? World Bank Director Mamphele Ramphele pictured in this file photo dated 22 March 2004, taken in Brasilia, Brazil. Lucio Tavora/EPA