Southern Africa

Southern Africa

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is not attending the funeral of veteran anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada at the request of his family. ...

The ANC in the Eastern Cape which lost the Nelson Mandela Metro to the DA in recent local government elections has lost more than 50% of its membership in five years. ...

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan plans to return home after President Jacob Zuma ordered him to pull out of a roadshow with investors and ratings agencies in London, heightening concern that he’s preparing to change his cabinet. ...

Opposition Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa has revealed that his party is committed to engaging in a strong coalition with other opposition parties so as to have a formidable force to challenge Zanu PF ...

Political parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday signed a deal that calls for President Joseph Kabila to leave power after an election ...

South Africa’s ruling party leadership rallied around President Jacob Zuma after the nation’s graft ombudsman implied he may have allowed the Gupta family to influence cabinet appointments and the issuing of state contracts, vowing that it would fend off an opposition attempt to unseat him. ...

South African assets slumped on Wednesday a day after an elite police unit summoned Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan over an investigation into a suspected rogue unit of the tax service ...

South African prosecutors said Thursday they would push for a longer sentence for Oscar Pistorius, describing his six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as "shockingly too lenient". ...

South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. ...

PRETORIA - South Africa's capital was tense on Wednesday after residents torched buses and looted shops overnight, police said, in clashes sparked by the ruling party's choice of a mayoral candidate for local polls. ...

Protests have kicked off again in Atteridgeville and Mamelodi as residents demand a different ANC mayoral candidate. ...

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius must pay for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, her father told a South African court on Tuesday, adding that forgiving the Paralympian runner for his crime was very hard. ...

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius has shown no remorse for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a prosecutor told a court on Monday, while a psychologist described him as "a broken man" who should not be jailed. ...

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's parliamentary protection services forcibly removed members of the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party from the chamber on Tuesday as they attempted to prevent an address by President Jacob Zuma. ...

Zuma's administration demotes opponents and intimidates dissenters ...

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa's High Court ruled on Friday that a decision seven years ago to drop 783 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma was irrational and should be reviewed, another setback for the scandal-ridden leader who faces calls for his resignation. ...

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa imported white maize from the United States last week for the first time since 2004, the country's Grain Information Service (SAGIS) said on Tuesday. ...

Cape Town – Following a night of protests over a list of alleged rapists at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, the situation at the institution was somewhat calm on Monday, a student reporter said. ...

PRETORIA - Disgraced Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced in June for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, after his original conviction was upgraded from the lesser charge of manslaughter. ...

Johannesburg - DA leader Mmusi Maimane told thousands of party members who had marched to the Constitutional Court on Friday morning that President Jacob Zuma must "voetsek". ...

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's black empowerment policy that aims to tranfer majority shares from foreign-owned firms to locals is confusing potential investors and makes it hard to compete for foreign investment, President Robert Mugabe said on Tuesday. ...

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has no links with the Gupta family, under fire for allegedly exerting undue influence on the government, and did not at any point introduce the family to his successor, President Jacob Zuma, the Thabo Mbeki Foundation said on Monday. ...

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape has endorsed and “wholeheartedly” accepted President Jacob Zuma’s apology around the Nkandla debacle. ...

South Africa's highest court has ruled that President Jacob Zuma violated the constitution when he failed to repay some of the government money used to upgrade his private home. ...

A court in South Africa is hearing a case brought by the opposition to reinstate 738 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma. ...

Many of South Africa's 300-odd state entities are a drain on the government's purse. ...

South Africa's top court is to rule on whether President Jacob Zuma should pay back about $23m (£15m) of state funds used to renovate his rural home. ...

The EFF has rejected President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla proposal and accuses him of trying to influence the Constitutional Court judges. ...

The government has said the upgrades were made to boost security South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has agreed to repay some of the $23 million ...

South African President Jacob Zuma has proposed that the auditor-general and finance minister determine how much money he is liable to pay for controversial state-funded improvements to his rural home, Zuma's office said. ...