BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC put its new No. 2 Cyril Ramaphosa at the head of a charm offensive on Friday as it sought to reassure both investors and a restless public it would tackle economic inequality without recourse to wholescale nationalization.
Days after his appointment as party deputy to President Jacob Zuma, who was re-elected ANC chief this week, the anti-apartheid hero and businessman laid out the party’s strategic priorities.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, Dec 20 (Reuters) – South African
President Jacob Zuma, fresh from a landslide re-election as head
of the ruling ANC, on Thursday promised to crack down on
corruption and feuding that has shaken confidence in the party’s
leadership of Africa’s top economy.
In a speech to close a week-long ANC elective conference,
Zuma called on the 100-year-old African National Congress to
“root out” faction-fighting and the use of money to buy members
or influence within the party.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, Dec 19 (Reuters) – South Africa
wants to impose export curbs on minerals such as platinum and
iron ore as part of a drive by the ruling African National
Congress to create more jobs in industry in the continent’s
biggest economy, a top official said on Wednesday.
The policy proposals from the Trade and Industry Ministry
are meant to encourage more processing of minerals domestically
but are unlikely to go down well with mining companies already
being threatened with windfall taxes on their profits.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Four white
South Africans were charged with treason on Tuesday for plotting
to bomb a conference of the ruling African National Congress
(ANC) and kill President Jacob Zuma “execution style”.
Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said the men had planned to attack
an ANC meeting, currently under way in the city of Bloemfontein,
as a step towards carving an independent Boer republic out of
Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid “Rainbow Nation”.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa is not “falling apart” and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) can run the continent’s biggest economy, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday, as he sought to dispel the concerns of rating agencies and investors about sluggish growth.
In his opening address to an ANC conference to choose its leadership for the next five years, Zuma said two downgrades by international ratings agencies this year did not mean South Africa was in trouble.
BOTSHABELO, South Africa, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A billboard of
a smiling President Jacob Zuma reminds Botshabelo residents his
ruling ANC will hold an important meeting down the road next
week to shape the future of South Africa.
But behind the giant poster, people see little to smile
about: sprawling shanties, dirt roads and rampant unemployment
in the town of 200,000 speak volumes about the party’s failings
since it took over with the end of apartheid in 1994.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African court gave a Thai man a record 40-year jail sentence on Friday for an elaborate fraud to ship poached rhinoceros horns to Asia after the animals were killed in fake “hunts”.
Chumlong Lemtongthai took advantage of the fact it is legal for foreigners to hunt rhinos in South Africa and ship horns overseas as personal trophies.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Photographs suggesting that South African police planted weapons on the bodies of workers shot dead by police at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine have been shown to an inquiry into the bloodiest security incident since apartheid.
In police photographs taken shortly after the killings on August 16, at least two dead workers are seen without weapons by their sides. In photos taken later in the day, weapons including spears and a machete are on the ground near the corpses.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A Thai man pleaded guilty on Monday to smuggling rhino horn from South Africa, in a case in which prostitutes posing as big game hunters were used to conceal an international trafficking ring.
Chumlong Lemtongthai is likely to be jailed for more than 10 years under a plea deal that investigators said sealed one of the most important prosecutions in their fight to protect rhinos, whose horns are worth more than gold in parts of Southeast Asia.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A storm of violent wildcat strikes in South Africa’s mines has eased, leaving President Jacob Zuma battered but defiant, and buoying his chances of heading off rivals to win a party leadership election in December.
With most strikers in gold and platinum mines returning to work after threats of dismissal and some sweeteners on pay, the 70-year-old head of state appears to be weathering the biggest threat so far to his plans to stay on as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).