South Africa politics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on South Africa politics


ANC wins closely-watched South Africa poll with absolute majority

May 11, 2019 - 12:49 AM

Seats in parliament are allocated based on vote share and the party with the most representatives selects the president, who will be sworn in on May 25

WIN. Supporters of the ruling party the African National Congress cheer as they arrive at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg to attend the ANC's final presidential election campaign rally on May 5, 2019. File photo by Marco Longari/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

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

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

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

Burundi focus of talks as African leaders meet

Jun 14, 2015 - 12:53 PM

African leaders will talk about the political unrest in Burundi and the regional migration crisis at an African Union summit

S. Africa repatriates anti-apartheid heroes' remains from Russia

Mar 01, 2015 - 9:30 PM

The bodies of Moses Kotane and John Beaver Marks are back in home soil The two were mentors of icon Nelson Mandela and helped make democracy in South Africa possible

BACK HOME. The bust statue of anti-apartheid activist Moses Kotane looks on in the Novodevichy cemetery in Moscow. Photo from

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

Madagascar arrests ex-leader on return from exile

Oct 13, 2014 - 10:24 PM

Former Madagascar president Marc Ravalomanana is arrested shortly after his return from exile in South Africa

RETURN. Marc Ravalomanana former president of Madagascar who was in exile in South Africa since 2009, is greeted by supporters while returning to his home in Antananarivo on October 13, 2014. Photo by Rijasolo / AFP

Lesotho PM expected to return after 'coup'

Sep 02, 2014 - 2:09 PM

South African President Jacob Zuma and representatives from governments in the regional bloc SADC had brought together leaders from Lesotho s three ruling coalition parties to resolve their differences

LOOKOUT. A member of the Lesotho military stands guard alongside an military vehicle in Maseru, Lesotho, 31 August 2014. Stringer/EPA

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

Mandela leaves hospital for 'high care' at home

Apr 07, 2013 - 10:48 AM

Nelson Mandela has left hospital after a 10 day stay and will now receive high care at home