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ANC Is Said to Favor Direct Rule Over South African Province ... (Bloomberg) -- A top body of South Africa's ruling party wants the government to put the North West province under direct rule after days of protests against the African National Congress's premier rocked the area, according to two officials with ...
Parliament's portfolio committee on home affairs is to investigate how some members of the Gupta family became South African citizens. This comes after the committee agreed on the terms of reference to investigate what process the Department of Home Affairs followed in granting them citizenship.

South African ventriloquist Conrad Koch — the hilarious handler of the indomitable Chester Missing — is taking to the stage again with his latest one-man show ... The ventriloquist behind the unstoppably tjatjarag puppet Chester Missing shares his journey to finding the lighter side of politics in South Africa.
South Africa's anti-apartheid political party the African National Congress has produced a lot of leaders but one can certainly not forget its principal ... After fully entering into nationalist politics and legal issues, Tambo and Mandela established the first black South African law firm, Mandela and Tambo in ...
It made no sense that a country like South Africa, with year-round sunshine, would abandon its renewable energy options to focus on nuclear power instead. But a nuclear energy deal between South Africa and Russia has been at the center of much of South Africa's political uncertainty as well as corruption ...
Jacob Zuma, for all his sins, gave us one thing: he provided a coherent logic to our political order. The latter years of the Zuma administration witnessed a flourishing of our opposition parties and a renewal of civil society organisations and the critical media. If in the immediate aftermath of 1994 a broad ...

The choice of Mandela and South Africa are freighted with symbolism for Mr. Obama at a time when his political legacy is being dismantled by his ... He has largely steered clear of domestic politics, though aides said they expected him to return to the campaign trail as the midterm elections draw closer.
JOHANNESBURG — Law enforcement officials raided the compound of a family close to former President Jacob Zuma of South Africa on Monday as part ... Johannesburg residence of the Guptas, three Indian brothers who built a business empire through their ties to Mr. Zuma, his family and political allies.
While poverty has declined since the end of apartheid, inequality has risen in a society that was already one of the world's most unequal, according to a recent report by the World Bank and the South African government. South Africa has a large, advanced economy, an aggressively free press and a wealth ...
These include the lack of political will amongst member states to integrate for development purposes, various levels of economic development and systems. Retrospectively ... Since 1994 the South African government has regarded the Southern African region as the foremost priority of its foreign relations.
With about a year before the 2019 elections, Parliament on Wednesday decided it would go on a two-month mid-year recess, officially described as an "extended constituency period". Elections or electioneering were not words used as the ANC argued that it wanted to interact with people and that ...
South Africa's fake news campaign was similarly political -- it sought to protect President Zuma, but its real mission was broader in scope: improve the reputation of the Guptas, whose alignment to Zuma was strong enough that some ... Here the campaign ran differently from Russia's meddling in US politics.
LONDON — If Vicki Momberg had only unleashed a high-volume tirade at the South African police officers, video of it would have been of mere passing interest. But her repeated use of a racial slur — unfamiliar to most Americans, but explosive in South Africa — made her notorious, and led to demands to ...
Despite opposition from the Economic Freedom Fighters‚ the National Assembly has approved the Political Party Funding Bill - which regulates private ... in South Africa (Idasa) which filed a notice of motion in the Western Cape High Court in 2004‚ seeking an order that legislation should require political ...
On Thursday the Economic Freedom Fighters are due to bring a motion of no confidence in the DA mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip. Under normal circumstances, if such a motion were to succeed, the other major party in the council would be in position to install their own mayor, which would ...
Land occupations, land "grabs", or land invasions, may have become newsworthy in the light of political events and events in Hermanus this month, but in reality, they have ... Until now, South Africa's urban population has comfortably dismissed them as criminal acts to be left to law enforcement to deal with.
While the rest of South Africa spent their Human Rights Day relaxing, Ramaphosa was in full work mode meeting with African leaders. While attending a summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area, African nations came together in their numbers to sign two documents. 44 countries signed the African ...

... Father Peter-John Pearson, said that the decision to charge Mr. Zuma was a critical one that showed nobody in South Africa is above the law. “It puts a definitive end to the ever-creeping culture of lack of accountability, especially from political elites. It emphasizes that such behavior is totally unacceptable ...
CAPE TOWN – Parliament has passed the historic Polictical Party Funding bill which would see private donations to political parties represented in the National Assembly made public. The bill was passed by parliament on Tuesday and would now go to the National Council of Provinces for consideration.
While the report predicts that fortunes for South Africa's most wealthy will improve drastically over the next few years, thanks to political shifts and positive sentiment around the economy, the trend data from previous years tells a more worrying tale. According to Frank Knight's data, between 2012 and 2017 ...
Two years after the Armory Show's Focus section offered a cross section of African galleries (the geographic frame was abandoned thereafter), dealers and young artists from South Africa, already in the spotlight with the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, have made a particularly ...
The vote to look into the expropriation of land without compensation has been recently won in Parliament. And the Anti-Racism Network has announced its Anti-Racism Week, from 14-21 March. South Africa seems head-locked in the social ills of the past. By NKATEKO MABASA. "We have come a long way ...
Ramaphosa assumed office last month after South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) finally loosened scandal-ridden former President Jacob Zuma's grip on power. Ramaphosa legitimizes South African politics, Maimane explained. "I'm glad that (Ramaphosa has) been elected because ...
And it seems that the fundamental question underlying the current political debates is this: how do we tackle the crimes of the past today? Land expropriation without compensation has taken centre-stage and brings back old ideological debates of apartheid South Africa. The third Anti-Racism Week, said ...
Far-right activists are teaming up with white supremacists to exploit South African politics ... Far-right activists and trolls have seized on proposals to expropriate land from South Africa's white minority (including Dutch-descended “Afrikaners” and other people of European descent) to advance a myth of ...
Speaking to Political Analysis South Africa on Friday, 2 March, Rupiya explained that “the core issue is to create knowledge on both sides, to begin to ... “the land issue cannot be ignored, a series of World Bank and IMF [International Monetary Fund] reports have urged the South African government to be ...
Makhanya said South African universities, including Unisa, were influencing the interpretation of the political and academic dialogue of the present day world. “Well, in 2018 we can no longer deny that higher education the world over, is in an unprecedented state of flux. A host of accretive socio-economic ...
Recent political turmoil in the government has filtered down to cripple some of South Africa's crime-fighting units, said Senzo Mchunu, the former premier of KwaZulu-Natal. The province is no stranger to political violence, reaching its height in the run-up to South Africa's first democratic election in 1994 that ...
Supporters of the African National Congress Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa hold placards and chant slogans outside the ANC party headquarter in Johannesburg, on February 5, 2018, during a demonstration to protest against South African President and ANC member Jacob Zuma. PHOTO | MARCO ...
Motlanthe served as president of South Africa from 2008 to 2009‚ and then Deputy President of South Africa from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that‚ his political career began as a student activist‚ trade unionist and member of the ANC's military wing during the struggle against apartheid. He was sentenced to an ...
As the people of South African and observers across the globe await the end of the "Zuma era," a Comboni missionary father, expert in South African affairs, talks ... Comboni missionary father, and South Africa expert Efrem Tresoldi, told Linda Bordoni that the people of South Africa are watching the political ...
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has applied to the Equality Court in Johannesburg for an order that will effectively ban members of the public from flying the "apartheid South Africa" flag. The foundation said it wants the court to find that "gratuitous displays of the old official flag of apartheid South Africa ...
Parliament: Historic land expropriation agreement reached amid South Africa's changing politics ... The EFF on Tuesday scored a backhanded political victory when the ANC supported its call for a constitutional amendment for land expropriation without compensation, even as the governing party's ...
Johannesburg—Notwithstanding vast differences in their self-interest, political styles, and constituencies, outgoing and incoming South African presidents Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa appear to be exactly the characters Frantz Fanon had in mind when lamenting the continent's postcolonial politics in ...
In historic terms, we were all led to believe that it is the IFP that was violently intolerant, and the ANC was the one fighting for a free, peaceful, inclusive and democratic South Africa. "Having formed only five years ago, 19 years after democracy, it is not the IFP that is violently intolerant to political contestation ...
“South Africa was headed in the wrong direction,” says Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, the official opposition, which governs in cities including Johannesburg and Cape Town. “We are going to look back at the past ten years and think of it as a lost decade,” the political analyst Stephen ...
South African equities and country-specific exchange traded fund maintained their momentum as new President Cyril Ramaphosa' cabinet change up fuels hopes of political and economic changes ahead. The iShares MSCI South Africa ETF (NYSEArca: EZA) jumped 3.4% Friday. South African equities ...
... is neither a political prisoner or a prisoner of war. “He is someone who has committed crimes against South Sudan,” he told Mail & Guardian. “He was with the rebels. He had a military rank.” Charmaine Quinn, Endley's sister, appealed to South Africa's government to intervene. South African officials have ...
The resignation earlier this month of South African President Jacob Zuma reminded me — a once student of politics and now an occasional instructor of the ... The result, fortunately for South Africa, has been a representative democracy where, despite its political dominance, the ruling party has to follow the ...
South Africa is to increase its value added tax (VAT) for the first time in 25 years in order to help bridge a gap in the government's budget. The news came as part of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's first annual budget in the South African Parliament in Cape Town. The speech also marked the first budget ...
It is in this deeply troubled political context that Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation (SONA) address last week. He opened his speech with the words, “It's a new dawn.” Interestingly, Jacob Zuma similarly proclaimed, “It's a new dawn” during his own first State of the Nation address in ...
As the people of South African and observers across the globe await the end of the "Zuma era," a Comboni missionary father, expert in South African affairs, talks ... Comboni missionary father, and South Africa expert Efrem Tresoldi, told Linda Bordoni that the people of South Africa are watching the political ...
Under-scoring the importance of Brand South African as a platform that showcase the country's attractiveness as an investment destination and trade partner, Makhubela said: “There is a huge demand for a meeting with the deputy president, and this demand comes from leaders of business and political ...
“However, while a stronger rand may reflect an improved political outlook for the country, it is not, perhaps ironically, what is best for the economy,” said ... But given the uncertainties of South African politics, and the many structural problems facing its economy, betting on further long-term appreciation of the ...
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Jacob Zuma faces a no-confidence vote this month, a new attempt to unseat the president by opponents emboldened by splits within his own ... Zuma agreed to establish the inquiry into "state capture", a South African term for government corruption, last month.
The new mood mirrors the infusion of hope that has engulfed SA politics after a generally positive outcome at the ANC's elective conference. ... was reflected in a grand speech by Ramaphosa at the annual dinner for SA delegates and friends, attended by a who's who of SA's business and political elite.
Mmusi Maimane, the leader of South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, that governs the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Province, now leads the task team to "defeat" Day Zero, the day on which Cape Town's water is predicted to run out. This is currently set for April 12.
South Africa (and the ANC), under the leadership of President Jacob Zuma, has been turned into a gargantuan Potemkin village, a fake edifice masking a rotten core. The Potemkin village, in political terms, is a construction aimed at deceiving the eye – a Trompe-l'oeil – to hide a situation that is worse than ...
Secondly, South Africa's political climate, particularly in the last two years, has not been conducive to pursue those involved in allegations of state capture. This seems to ... The unique feature of the South African Constitution is that judges are the final arbiters over the exercise of all public power. This is a ...
For our latest installments of the series Sense of Place we're exploring two cities in South Africa: Johannesburg and Cape Town. ... U.S. Born after apartheid, they tell us about how the "born-free generation" — those who came into the world after the end of apartheid in 1994 — views South African politics.


 

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