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South African parliament reelects Ramaphosa as president

May 22, 2019 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) Ramaphosa will be sworn in on Saturday, May 25, and is expected to name a deputy president and cabinet at the weekend

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, 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. File photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

South African president vows to speed reforms after election win

May 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

'We identified a number of reform issues that we needed to address, we are now going to do that with greater speed,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

REFORMS. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/Pool/AFP

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)

South Africa's new president vows to tackle corruption

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:43 PM

'Issues to do with corruption, issues of how we can straighten out our state-owned enterprises and how we deal with 'state capture' are issues that are on our radar screen,' South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tells lawmakers in parliament

SOUTH AFRICA'S NEW PRESIDENT. South Africa's new president Cyril Ramaphosa smiles as he delivers a speech after being elected by the Members of Parliament during his swearing in ceremony at the Parliament in Cape Town, on February 15, 2018. Photo by Mike Hutchings/AFP

South Africa's Zuma resigns, forced out by own party

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:20 AM

The ruling ANC party finally turns against him after 9 years of corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity

RESIGNED. In this file photo taken on February 12, 2015 South African president, Jacob Zuma, arrives for the formal opening of parliament in Cape Town. Nic Bothma/Pool/AFP

Zuma no-confidence motion set for parliament Thursday – ANC

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:32 PM

'We have now asked the chief whip to proceed with the motion of no confidence tomorrow in parliament... so that President Zuma is then removed,' ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile says

RAMAPHOSA AND ZUMA. In this file photo taken on January 13, 2018 ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma toast at Absa Stadium in East London, South Africa, during the ANC's 106th anniversary celebrations on January 13, 2018. Photo by MUjahid Safodien/AFP

South Africa police raid house of Zuma's allies in graft probe

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Zuma is expected to respond to the ANC party's order later Wednesday, hours after police arrived at the Gupta family's heavily protected house in the upmarket suburb of Saxonwold in the early morning

GUPTA RAID. South African police officers stand guard by a black Land Rover seen leaving the compound of the controversial Gupta business family while cars belonging to the Hawks, The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, are stationed outside, in Johannesburg, on February 14, 2018. Photo by Wikus de Wet / AFP

Zuma triggers crisis by refusing ANC's exit order

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) The power struggle over Zuma's departure put the president at loggerheads with Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor, who is the new head of the African National Congress

FACING TROUBLE. In this file photo taken on January 28, 2018 South African President Jacob Zuma attends the opening of the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government during the 30th annual African Union summit in Addis Ababa. Simon Maina/AFP

South Africa's top court delivers Zuma impeachment blow

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:44 PM

'We conclude that (the National) Assembly did not hold the president to account,' says Constitutional Court judge Chris Jafta

JACOB ZUMA. This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows South African president Jacob Zuma looking on as he visits an area affected by the recents floods in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

South Africa's struggling ANC elects Ramaphosa as new head

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:08 AM

The victory puts Cyril Ramaphosa in line to succeed President Jacob Zuma, whose reign has been plagued by corruption scandals, economic slowdown and growing anger at the once-omnipotent party

NEW PARTY LEADER. South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa looks on as he attends a plenary meeting at the NASREC Expo Centre during the 54th ANC national congress on December 17, 2017 in Johannesburg. Gulshan Khan/AFP

Mugabe under house arrest as military takes control

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) Military vehicles block roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers deliver a late-night television address to the nation

UNDER HOUSE ARREST. This file photo taken on November 04, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivering a speech during the Zimbabwe ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (Zanu PF) youth interface Rally in Bulawayo. Zinyange Auntony/AFP

South Africa court clears way for Zuma graft prosecution

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Zuma and other government officials are accused of taking kickbacks from the $5 billion purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and other arms manufactured by 5 European firms

JACOB ZUMA. This file photo taken on April 12, 2017 shows South Africa's President Jacob Zuma attending celebrations for his 75th birthday in Kliptown, Soweto. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

South Africa's Zuma survives vote to oust him

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:42 AM

Enough ANC lawmakers stick by their leader despite divisions and fierce criticism of his rule

SURVIVOR. South African President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses supporters outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town on August 8, 2017, after surviving a Motion of No confidence. Pueter Bauermeister/AFP

South Africa's Zuma faces secret vote on no-confidence motion

Aug 07, 2017 - 10:56 PM

The vote has become a test of African National Congress ANC unity as senior party figures have been increasingly critical of their leader but it is unlikely to succeed in toppling Zuma

JACOB ZUMA. This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows South African president Jacob Zuma looking on as he visits an area affected by the recents floods in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Rival South African parties unite at anti-Zuma protest

Apr 12, 2017 - 5:24 PM

UPDATED Zuma s recent sacking of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan unleashes public anger over government corruption scandals record unemployment and slowing economic growth

JACOB ZUMA. South African President Jacob Zuma answers questions at the South African Parliament, on September 13, 2016, in Cape Town. File photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP

South African finance minister sacked in shock reshuffle

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:02 AM

UPDATED The late night move has caused the rand to drop as low as 13 5 to the dollar down from 12 8 as investors reacted to concerns that Zuma has secured a free hand over government finances

SACKED. South African President Jacob Zuma has sacked his finance minister Pravin Gordhan. File photo from Richter Frank-Jurgen/Wikimedia Commons

Zuma attacked at South Africa freedom icon's funeral

Mar 29, 2017 - 8:30 PM

In a fiery eulogy former president Kgalema Motlanthe says Kathrada was deeply disturbed by the current post apartheid failure of politics

JACOB ZUMA. South African President Jacob Zuma answers questions at the South African Parliament, on September 13, 2016, in Cape Town. File photo by Rodger Bosch/ AFP

Zuma skips funeral of South Africa anti-apartheid icon

Mar 29, 2017 - 3:52 PM

Zuma will not attend the funeral of celebrated South African anti apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada who in recent years had become fiercely critical of the government

This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows South African president Jacob Zuma in Johannesburg, South Africa. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/File

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

Pivots: The world in 2016

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Here is a look at some of the biggest stories from the past year

South Africa's Zuma survives attempted ousting from within party

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:32 PM

Zuma has been weakened by corruption scandals but his supporters were taken by surprise at an attempt to oust him at a weekend meeting of the African National Congress s executive committee

This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows South African president Jacob Zuma looking on as he visits an area affected by the recents floods in Johannesburg, South Africa. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

South Africa Zuma probe finds alleged criminal activity

Nov 03, 2016 - 8:17 AM

The investigation probed accusations that President Jacob Zuma allowed the Guptas a wealthy Indian business family to have undue influence over government including letting them choose some cabinet ministers

In this file photo, South African President Jacob Zuma answers questions at the South African Parliament, on September 13, 2016, in Cape Town. Rodger Bosch/AFP

Splits plunge South Africa's liberation party into turmoil

Oct 18, 2016 - 12:37 PM

The ruling African National Congress ANC party looks set for worsening strife as its divided leadership struggles with falling popular support a weakening economy and violent student protests

South African ruling party African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma (C) and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa (L) arrive for the closing campaign rally for the municipal election at Ellis Par Stadium on July 31, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Gianluci Guercia/AFP

Japan takes aid show to Africa, in China's shadow

Aug 27, 2016 - 12:24 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will use the opportunity to meet with dozens of leaders from across Africa among them Kenya s President Uhuru Kenyatta and South Africa s Jacob Zuma

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a session with Kenya's Ministry of Health and world Bank group at the TICAD conference in August 26, 2016, in Nairobi. Simon Maina/AFP

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

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

South Africans unite to remember Soweto uprising

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:29 PM

The uprising where at least 170 people were killed is a turning point in the anti apartheid struggle bringing the injustices of the regime to the world s attention and paving the way for the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela

REMEMBERING APARTHEID. Members of traditional churches pray at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on June 11 during a ceremony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising. Photo by Marco Longari/ 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 compensates 750 families for apartheid land loss

May 22, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Some 750 South African families who say they were pushed out of their land on a natural reserve during apartheid will be handed over 5 million in compensation

ZUMA. File photo of South Africa president and South African ruling Party African National Congress President Jacob Zuma taken May 1, 2016 in Pretoria. Photo by Mujahid Safodien / AFP

Brawl erupts in South Africa parliament as opposition party ejected

May 17, 2016 - 9:35 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters EFF party members fight to remain in the parliament chamber after refusing to let President Jacob Zuma speak

JACOB ZUMA. A file photograph dated August 6, 2015 shows South African president Jacob Zuma reacting while 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

South Africa parliament to consider Zuma impeachment

Apr 04, 2016 - 9:43 AM

This comes after the country s highest court ruled that he flouted the constitution n ignoring the ombudswoman s directives to repay a portion of public funds used to upgrade his private residence

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

S.Africa's Zuma vows economic revival in disrupted speech

Feb 12, 2016 - 7:45 AM

President Jacob Zuma pledges that wasteful government expenditure would be cut and that black economic empowerment would remain a foundation of economic policy

STATE OF THE NATION. South African President Jacob Zuma (C) gives his sate of the nation address in parliament Cape Town, South Africa 11 February 2016. Schalk Van Zuydam/EPA

South Africa's Zuma to address nation amid controversies

Feb 11, 2016 - 2:32 PM

Zuma will deliver his State of the Nation Address amid a background of concerted efforts in the courts parliament and on the streets to throw him out of office

A file photo dated August 6, 2015 showing South African President Jacob Zuma answering questions from opposition parties in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa. Nic Bothma/EPA

Zuma under pressure as South Africa faces 'testing' year

Feb 09, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Social unrest has flared in South Africa over a sharply slowing economy high unemployment and grinding black poverty contrasting with white wealth

A file photo dated August 6, 2015 showing South African President Jacob Zuma answering questions from opposition parties in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa. Nic Bothma/EPA

Zuma to meet South African students after clashes

Oct 22, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Hundreds of students forced their way through the gates of the parliament complex in Cape Town on Wednesday October 21 scuffling with police

PROTEST. Two young men hold up a sign during a demonstration against the increase in university fees at the University of Pretoria (also known as 'Tuks') on October 21, 2015. Mujahid Safodien/AFP

Heavy gunfire at Burundi protests as poll delayed

May 20, 2015 - 10:20 PM

The European Union joins the African Union in calling for a delay to the elections while South African President Jacob Zuma said they should be postponed indefinitely

'End violence vs immigrants in South Africa' – Zuma

Apr 16, 2015 - 10:27 PM

Police vow to quell the unrest which claimed its latest victim on April 13 when a 14 year old boy was killed

epa04616459 South African President Jacob Zuma arrives ahead of the State Of the Nation Address in Cape Town, South Africa, 12 February 2015. The State of the Nation address was disrupted by the EFF resulting in the party being ordered out of the chamber by security forces. EPA/MIKE HUTCHINGS/POOL

Mugabe in South Africa for first state visit in 20 years

Apr 08, 2015 - 5:00 PM

It is Mugabe s first state trip to the country since 1994 as he seeks to drum up foreign investment to revive his nation s moribund economy

WELCOME TO PRETORIA. A handout picture provided by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) shows Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (C) arriving at Waterkloof Airforce Base on day one of his state visit, in Pretoria, South Africa, 07 April 2015. Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)/Handout/EPA

South Africa mining massacre report to be submitted to Zuma

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:21 PM

The official report into the police killing of 34 South African miners in 2012 is due to be submitted to President Jacob Zuma with rights groups demanding that its findings are published immediately

IN MEMORIAM. Crosses placed during 2012 for the 34 miners killed in the Marikana shooting are seen, Rustenburg, South Africa, 14 may 2013. Stringer/EPA

South African president fights back over corruption charges

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:27 AM

South African President Jacob Zuma fights back in parliament against demands that he repay millions of dollars spent on his private residence

South African president, Jacob Zuma during the State Of the Nation Address in Cape Town, South Africa, 12 February 2015. Rodger Bosch/Pool/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

China's Xi hails South Africa's Zuma as China's 'good friend'

Dec 04, 2014 - 9:43 PM

South Africa has thrice declined a visa for the Dalai Lama in the last 5 years which is widely regarded as a sign of the country s deference to China

Nigeria preacher says cooperating after fatal building collapse

Sep 18, 2014 - 11:57 PM

Popular televangelist TB Joshua denied lack of cooperation and stuck to his theory of possible aerial sabotage A total of 80 people were killed

COLLAPSE. Rescue workers clear away mattresses used by occupants of the collapsed guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) at Ikotun in Lagos on September 17, 2014. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

14 Nobel Laureates urge Zuma to give Dalai Lama visa

Sep 15, 2014 - 11:45 PM

The Dalai Lama was to attend a summit of Nobel peace prize winners in Cape Town but an aide says Pretoria denied him a visa to avoid angering China

Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan, reads at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, 26 August 2014. Christian Charisius/EPA

South Africa ombudsman in corruption showdown with Zuma

Aug 24, 2014 - 5:11 PM

Thuli Madonsela said in March that Zuma had unduly profited from work to increase the security of his home in Nkandla – to the tune of 23 million in public money

CHALLENGING ZUMA. This picture taken on February 25, 2014 shows South Africa's Public Protector Thuli Madonsela gesturing while speaking at the opening of the African Ombudsman Summit in Johannesburg. AFP/Stringer

S.Africa parliament collapses in chaos as president grilled

Aug 21, 2014 - 11:14 PM

A group of radical lawmakers hijacks a presidential question time in parliament

BRICS meet South American leaders after bank deal

Jul 17, 2014 - 7:45 AM

BRICS leaders justifies the creation of a development bank seen as an alternative to Western dominated global financial organizations

FORTALEZA SUMMIT. Leaders of the BRICS and UNASUR blocs during the BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, 16 July 2014. Image courtesy Casa Rosada/Argentina president's office

BRICS create development bank, 'mini-IMF'

Jul 16, 2014 - 10:04 AM

The leaders of Brazil Russia India China and South Africa agreed to launch the institutions to finance infrastructure projects and head off future economic crises

TOP OF THE BRICS. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2-L), Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (C), Chinese President Xi Jinping (2-R) and South African President Jacob Zuma (R) pose for a picture during the 6th BRICS summit in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil, 15 July 2014. Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremilin Pool/EPA