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Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as president of South Africa

May 25, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Foreign heads of state from more than 40 countries are among 36,000 people who witnessed the event replete with pomp, military honors and an air force flyover at a rugby stadium in Pretoria

South African Deputy President and ANC Presidential candidate 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.  South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds its 54th national conference, with the party expected to elect its new leader, who will probably become the country's next president. / AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN

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

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

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)

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

South Africa to seek constitutional change for land reform

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:51 AM

'It has become patently clear that our people want the constitution to be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE. In this file photo, 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/AFP

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

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

South Africa's Zuma expected to respond to ouster push

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:35 AM

South Africans are on tenterhooks as their scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma is expected to respond to his party's decision to 'recall' him from office

BELEAGUERED. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2008 Jacob Zuma gives a press conference in Johannesburg. Paballo Thekiso/File/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

The week in photos: December 16-22, 2017

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:57 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A girl waits for her present next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during a Christmas ceremony at the Palace of the National Military Club in Bucharest on December 21, 2017. Children of the Romanian Army army personnel, who were injured or died on duty, attended a children's show and received Christmas presents. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

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

South African court blasts Jacob Zuma over graft inquiry report

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:43 PM

The High Court in the South African capital of Pretoria orders Zuma to appoint within 30 days a judicial inquiry into the allegations that have hung over him and his associates

REPRIMANDED. This file photo taken on July 5, 2017 shows South African President Jacob Zuma delivering a speech during a closing session of the South African ruling party African National Congress (ANC) policy conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Mujahid Safodien/ 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water problems lead to riots, deaths in South Africa

Jul 19, 2014 - 1:10 PM

The poor as always in the developing world bear the brunt of water scarcity and irregular access with parched communities at times erupting in deadly protests

Unrest in S. Africa township following vote

May 10, 2014 - 8:16 PM

The Inkatha Freedom Party has made claims of vote rigging in Johannesburg s Alexandra township where the army has been deployed to help quell the unrest

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

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

Mandela's estate worth at least $4.1-M, beneficiaries named

Feb 03, 2014 - 6:30 PM

Aside from bequeathments to family Mandela sent 90 000 to 5 universities and the African National Congress will receive a portion of his royalties

NELSON MANDELA. The executors of the late Nelson Mandela's estate will publicly reveal his last will and testament. Rodger Bosch/AFP File Photo

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

S. Africa's ANC to probe alleged misuse of Mandela memorial funds

Jan 26, 2014 - 10:10 PM

A local newspaper said 5 9 million rand or P24 million was paid to a local transport company linked to the ANC official but reportedly not all of it went to driving mourners to the memorial service

Nelson Mandela laid to rest

Dec 15, 2013 - 7:38 PM

UPDATED His burial in the rural village of Qunu where he spent his early childhood closes the final chapter on a towering public figure and global symbol of freedom and hope

FINAL FAREWELL. Candles are lit under a portrait of Neslon Mandela before the funeral ceremony of South African former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu on December 15, 2013.  AFP / Pool / Odd Andersen

Mandela returns home

Dec 14, 2013 - 10:45 PM

The anti apartheid icon is set to be buried Sunday December 15 ending 10 days of national mourning and global tributes

Nelson Mandela's life celebrated in song

Dec 07, 2013 - 10:18 PM

More than 600 million watched the 1988 gig at London s Wembley Stadium that marked Nelson Mandela s 70th birthday

FREEDOM FIGHTER. There were many, including Mandela himself, who asked several times that the struggle not be about him

Key dates: The life of Nelson Mandela

Dec 06, 2013 - 7:05 AM

Read through a short timeline of important events in Nelson Mandela s life

REMEMBERING MANDELA. Mandela has a long history of lung problems since being diagnosed with early-stage tuberculosis in 1988. File photo by AFP

South Africa's De Klerk hospitalized

Jul 02, 2013 - 9:38 PM

De Klerk cut short a visit to Europe over the weekend because of fellow Nobel peace laureate Mandela s ailing health only to fall ill himself

DE KLERK AND MANDELA. An undated file photo of former South African President Nelson Mandela (R) talking to incumbent State President FW de Klerk (L) at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. EPA photo

African National Congress website hacked

Jun 14, 2013 - 10:04 PM

South Africa s ruling African National Congress ANC says its website was hacked by Zimbabwe activists

HACKED. South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) says its website was hacked by Zimbabwe activists. Screenshot from ANC's website

1988 concert for Mandela helped set him free

Jun 13, 2013 - 8:18 AM

You can t get out of jail as a terrorist but you can get out of prison as a black leader

FREEDOM FIGHTER. There were many, including Mandela himself, who asked several times that the struggle not be about him

Mandela remains in 'intensive care'

Jun 11, 2013 - 10:22 AM

Nelson Mandela faced a fourth day in hospital as South Africans to come to terms with the mortality of their anti apartheid hero

FATHER OF THE NATION. Mandela was jailed for almost 27 years and led the struggle against apartheid before becoming President of South Africa between 1994 and 1999. Photo from his Facebook fan page

Mandela condition 'unchanged' after 3rd night in hospital

Jun 10, 2013 - 4:48 PM

UPDATE It is the fourth hospital stay in seven months for the man beloved as a global symbol of peace and forgiveness

FATHER OF THE NATION. Mandela was jailed for almost 27 years and led the struggle against apartheid before becoming President of South Africa between 1994 and 1999. Photo from his Facebook fan page

Mandela spends fourth day in hospital

Mar 31, 2013 - 4:58 PM

Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for a fourth day Sunday and is treated for pneumonia