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Apr 24, 2015

Fired up by king, Zulu nationalism confronts modern South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A crowd of stick-wielding supporters at a soccer stadium roared their approval as South Africa’s Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, insisted he was not behind a wave of violence against migrant workers he had compared a month before to head lice.

His words had been twisted by the media, he said. If he had really given the order for his legions of followers to attack, “this country would be ashes”.

Apr 17, 2015

South Africa seeks diplomatic support to defeat anti-immigrant unrest

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africa sought diplomatic support from countries across the continent on Friday to defeat the “demon” of anti-immigrant violence in which at least four people have been killed over the past fortnight.

Foreign nationals have complained that the South African police are failing to protect them, raising the prospect of a row between Pretoria and its neighbors, as well as stirring hostility to South Africans working abroad.

Apr 16, 2015

Exclusive: How Nigeria’s ‘smooth’ election nearly went wrong

ABUJA (Reuters) – As Muhammadu Buhari closed in on Nigeria’s presidency, an aide to election commission chairman Attahiru Jega sent a text message to an independent voting monitor, warning of an imminent threat to the electoral process.

The aide had unearthed a plot by supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan to disrupt the public announcement of the national election results and kidnap Jega in a bid to wreck the count, according to pro-democracy advocates and a Nigeria-based diplomat.

Apr 1, 2015

Analysis – In Nigeria, ‘Buharism’ will need to modernise fast

ABUJA (Reuters) – As Muhammadu Buhari sat in front of the TV watching his election victory unfold, Nigeria’s future president took care to be photographed beside a Muslim elder and a bishop, a choreographed statement of unity in a religiously mixed nation.

More importantly for investors, over the left shoulder of the purple-robed bishop was a smiling figure in a sharp grey suit: Aliko Dangote, Nigeria’s most celebrated business magnate and Africa’s richest man.

Apr 1, 2015

In Nigeria, ‘Buharism’ will need to modernize fast

NALYSISABUJA (Reuters) – As Muhammadu Buhari sat in front of the TV watching his election victory unfold, Nigeria’s future president took care to be photographed beside a Muslim elder and a bishop, a choreographed statement of unity in a religiously mixed nation.

More importantly for investors, over the left shoulder of the purple-robed bishop was a smiling figure in a sharp grey suit: Aliko Dangote, Nigeria’s most celebrated business magnate and Africa’s richest man.

Mar 31, 2015

Nigeria’s Buhari closes in on historic election victory

ABUJA, March 31 (Reuters) – Nigerian opposition contender
Muhammadu Buhari, an ex-general who first won power three
decades ago in a military coup, closed in on a historic election
victory on Tuesday, maintaining a hefty lead in the vote count
in Africa’s most populous nation.

According to a Reuters tally collated from 33 of Nigeria’s
36 states, the 72-year-old Buhari had more than 14 million
votes, testament to the faith Nigerians have put in him as a
born-again democrat intent on cleaning up Nigeria’s corrupt
politics.

Mar 31, 2015

Nigeria opposition’s Buhari ahead as vote count resumes

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari held a sizeable lead as counting in the country’s election resumed on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a stunning ballot box victory for a man who first came to power three decades ago via a military coup.

According to a provisional Reuters tally collated from 31 of Nigeria’s 36 states, the 72-year-old general had more than 13 million votes after campaigning as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up the corrupt politics of Africa’s biggest economy and most populous nation.

Mar 20, 2015

What now for junk-rated “dinosaur” Eskom? South Africa asks

JOHANNESBURG, March 20 (Reuters) – In the dying days of
apartheid, the head of South Africa’s power utility, the central
pillar of the white-run economy, sat down with Nelson Mandela
and asked him a simple question: when you take office, what are
you going to do with Eskom?

The answer from South Africa’s future president was equally
simple: nothing, as long as you continue to produce cheap
electricity and connect more black South Africans to the grid.

Mar 12, 2015

Nigeria drafts in foreign mercenaries to take on Boko Haram

JOHANNESBURG/DAKAR (Reuters) – Nigeria has brought in hundreds of mercenaries from South Africa and the former Soviet Union to give its offensive against Boko Haram a shot in the arm before a March 28 election, according to regional security, defense and diplomatic sources.

Rumors about the use of foreign “soldiers of fortune” against the Islamist militant group gained substance this month when pictures surfaced on Twitter showing armored vehicles rumbling along a street in what was said to be Maiduguri, the regional capital of Nigeria’s Boko Haram-hit northeast.

Feb 24, 2015

South African spooks red-faced from latest spy data leak

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 24 (Reuters) – A mass leak of South
African espionage secrets will cause many foreign agencies to
think twice before sharing information with Pretoria, hampering
its efforts to walk a delicate diplomatic tightrope between East
and West, experts said on Tuesday.

Britain’s Guardian paper and Gulf TV channel Al Jazeera said
they had obtained hundreds of dossiers, files and cables from
the world’s top spy agencies to and from South Africa, dubbing
it “one of the biggest spy leaks in recent times”.