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South Africa

  • Forty-eight political parties are contesting this year’s national election, leaving voters spoiled for choice beyond the top three: the African National Congress, the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters parties.

    It's going to be a colorful election in the Rainbow Nation.

  • “You won’t find South Africans in other countries dominating a city up to 80%... we cannot surrender South Africa to ...

    Zerihun Tabo, an Ethiopian shopkeeper, surveyed the wreckage of his neighborhood store in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week, after looters pillaged it.

  • It would be the worst electoral performance by the late Nelson Mandela’s former liberation movement, which has governed South Africa uninterrupted since the country’s first free election marked the end of white minority rule in 1994.

    The African National Congress was set to easily win South Africa’s election on Saturday but with a lower vote share reflecting anger at corruption scandals and racial inequalities that remain entrenched a generation after the party took power.

  • Zuma's own tenure has been marred by numerous corruption scandals and the party wants him to end his second five-year term early so that it can shore up support ahead of 2019 elections.

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday effective immediately, bowing to pressure from the ruling ANC party as it pushed for a no-confidence vote on his beleaguered leadership.
    Speaking during a 30-minute national televised address, Zuma said that he had "come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect".

  • Members of South Africa’s scandal-hit African National Congress (ANC) party gathered Saturday in Johannesburg to elect a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the two main candidates vying for the top spot.

  • Ramaphosa faces numerous challenges, among them rebuilding the nation's stagnating economy. The rand, South Africa's currency, rose against the dollar to its strongest point in three years in reaction to Zuma's resignation.

    South Africa's parliament formally chose Cyril Ramaphosa as the country's new president Thursday.

  • During his business career, Ramaphosa held stakes in McDonald's and Coca-Cola's local ventures and made millions in deals that required investors to partner with non-white shareholders. He became one of the richest men on the continent -- reaching number 42 on the Forbes list of Africa's wealthiest people in 2015 with a net worth of $450 million (383 million euros).

    Cyril Ramaphosa's long and eventful career has taken him from trade union activist to multi-millionaire -- and is now likely to become president of South Africa. After South Africa dismantled apartheid, Ramaphosa saw his hopes for the country's top job apparently dashed.

  • The drivers, who were members of the Gauteng taxi association, were in a minibus driving along the R74 when unknown gunmen launched an ambush and opened fire.

    Gunmen have shot dead 11 taxi drivers returning to Johannesburg from the funeral of a colleague in Kwa-Zulu Natal, a police spokesman said on Sunday.

  • Zuma, in power since 2009 and beset by corruption allegations, has been in a weakened position since Deputy President Ramaphosa replaced him as ANC leader in December. Ramaphosa has talked of a transition of power since he took over as leader of the ANC.

    African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday he is holding direct talks with Jacob Zuma over a transition of power, in the strongest indication to date the South African president will step down after years of scandal.

  • “My wife and I have learned, with regret and sadness, that a video containing material of a sexual nature, meant for our eyes only, ...

    South Africa’s former finance minister Malusi Gigaba said on Sunday a private sex video was leaked after his phone was hacked and he had faced blackmail threats over it when he headed the Treasury.

  • Those familiar with the history of Africa’s energy sector, and even those that aren’t, rejoice with a faint concern of what has been the outcome for many other resource abundant countries on the continent.

    Written By Zwelakhe Gila - Coming at a time when South Africa’s policy makers are struggling to diversify the country’s energy mix, Total Exploration and Production Southern Africa recently announced a major offshore gas discovery.

  • Well, there is nothing wrong with the youth in African nations fighting to take their rightful places in their own nations. What needs to be done is for ...

    Written By Alhaji Alhasan Abdulai - The upsurge of xenophobia in South Africa leading to attacks on foreign nationals especially fellow Africans is a matter of concern.

  • He was sworn into office on Thursday, a day after Zuma was forced to resign after his ruling African National Congress finally turned against his turbulent presidency.

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa hailed a "new dawn" for the country Friday and promised to fight corruption following the resignation of his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, who was plagued by corruption scandals.

  • The apology, the President stated, “is accepted in good faith”, and was hopeful that the “authors of the violence will be apprehended, and will face justice.”

    President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has conveyed his and the apologies of the people of South Africa to President Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana over the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, that resulted in the deaths of and injuries to several African nationals, and the looting of their shops belonging to them.

  • It's a depressing coda to the otherwise uplifting tale of the Rainbow Nation where, 25 years ago, millions of jubilant South Africans lined up to vote for the first time.

    For many South African voters, the government's struggle with corruption — which in the past five years has provoked numerous inquiries, dominated headlines, and even forced out former President Jacob Zuma — isn't about the staggering scope of the problem, though a minister in the ruling African National Congress has estimated that corruption could be costing the economy nearly $2 billion every year.

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