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May 24, 2012

South Africa painting debate exposes racial rifts

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC went to court on Thursday seeking to remove from public display a painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, saying the work is symbolic of the lingering racial oppression of apartheid.

Proceedings were halted after a bizzare scene where Gcina Malindi, lawyer for the ANC, broke down in tears when a judge asked him how the court can halt viewing of an image widely distributed on the Internet.

May 24, 2012

South Africa’s new security laws: who will they protect?

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Concerns are growing in South Africa that new laws on intelligence, security and graft-busting may end up protecting the political elite more than the nation.

President Jacob Zuma’s ANC government has proposed three measures – two revisions to apartheid-era intelligence bills and a third on oversight of the police’s anti-graft unit, the Hawks – that have prompted concern data may be suppressed.

May 24, 2012

Analysis: South Africa’s new security laws: who will they protect?

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Concerns are growing in South Africa that new laws on intelligence, security and graft-busting may end up protecting the political elite more than the nation.

President Jacob Zuma’s ANC government has proposed three measures – two revisions to apartheid-era intelligence bills and a third on oversight of the police’s anti-graft unit, the Hawks – that have prompted concern data may be suppressed.

May 8, 2012

South African courts to hear Zimbabwe rights cases

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African court ruled on Tuesday its legal system can be used to investigate and prosecute citizens of neighboring Zimbabwe suspected of crimes against humanity.

The decision by a high court in Pretoria could prod South Africa into launching investigations into high-ranking Harare officials that would strain already difficult diplomatic relations with the power-sharing government in Zimbabwe.

Apr 24, 2012

S.Africa’s apartheid land fix withers in fields

SENEKAL, South Africa, April 24 (Reuters) – South Africa’s
plans to undo the wrongs of apartheid by returning land seized
from native blacks is embodied in the life of Koos Mthimkhulu.

He was born on a white-owned farm in 1955 and attended a
school set up by white farmers to give him just enough education
for a life as field hand. A short childhood gave way to decades
of milking cows, driving tractors and ploughing fields for
poverty-level wages.

Apr 16, 2012

Insight: Malawi paid price for ego of “Economist in Chief”

LILONGWE (Reuters) – Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika’s fight with foreign donors may have cost him his life.

When the 78-year-old collapsed from cardiac arrest a week ago – and subsequently died – simple medicines he needed were out of stock because of a foreign currency shortage exacerbated by his policies.

Apr 16, 2012

Malawi paid price for ego of “Economist in Chief”

LILONGWE, April 16 (Reuters) – Malawi President Bingu wa
Mutharika’s fight with foreign donors may have cost him his
life.

When the 78-year-old collapsed from cardiac arrest a week
ago – and subsequently died – simple medicines he needed were
out of stock because of a foreign currency shortage exacerbated
by his policies.

Apr 9, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Aid taps expected to open for new Malawi president – minister

LILONGWE (Reuters) – Malawi’s finance minister expects suspended international aid to be restored under its new president, Joyce Banda, helping prop up a budget increasingly under strain after the previous president picked fights with overseas donors.

Finance Minister Ken Lipenga also told Reuters on Monday that former President Bingu wa Mutharika, who died on Thursday of a heart attack, had blocked plans called for by the International Monetary Fund to devalue the currency because he was worried the move would hurt the poor.

Apr 9, 2012

Exclusive: Aid taps expected to open for new Malawi president: minister

LILONGWE (Reuters) – Malawi’s finance minister expects suspended international aid to be restored under its new president, Joyce Banda, helping prop up a budget increasingly under strain after the previous president picked fights with overseas donors.

Finance Minister Ken Lipenga also told Reuters on Monday that former President Bingu wa Mutharika, who died on Thursday of a heart attack, had blocked plans called for by the International Monetary Fund to devalue the currency because he was worried the move would hurt the poor.

Apr 4, 2012

S.Africa ANC temporarily ousts rebel Malema from party

JOHANNESBURG, April 4 (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC
said on Wednesday it had temporarily removed party rebel Julius
Malema from his role as president of its Youth League and was
barring him from attending party meetings.

The move escalates rare public infighting at the country’s
most powerful party, punishing Malema days after he had called
President Jacob Zuma’s government a “dictatorship”.