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Nov 10, 2011

Newsmaker – South Africa’s Malema: thorn in the ANC’s side

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – In less than four years, firebrand ANC youth leader Julius Malema has become one of the most influential and controversial faces of South Africa’s ruling party as he pushes the demands of the forgotten poor to the top of the political agenda.

But on Thursday, Malema was suspended by the African National Congress for five years — putting his public political career on ice although it will probably not prevent him from wielding influence behind the scenes.

Nov 4, 2011

For the Oppenheimers, diamonds are not forever

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 4 (Reuters) – For over 80 years, South
Africa’s Oppenheimer family held sway over the global diamond
trade, an era which came to an end of Friday with Anglo
American’s buyout offer for De Beers.

The $5.1 billion the family will get for its 40 percent
stake in the diamond giant could see a large chunk ploughed back
into Africa for private equity investment or philantropic work
in the world’s poorest continent.

Oct 27, 2011

South Africa’s Malema – Thorn in the ANC’s side

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – In less than four years, firebrand ANC youth leader Julius Malema has become one of the most influential and controversial faces of South Africa’s ruling party as he pushes the demands of the forgotten poor to the top of the political agenda.

On Thursday he was leading hundreds of his African National Congress Youth League supporters on a march to the Chamber of Mines and Johannesburg Stock Exchange to press demands to nationalise mines.

Sep 20, 2011

Zambians watch Internet, social media for vote fraud

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Zambians wary of electoral fraud flocked to the Internet and social media on Tuesday to expose any irregularities in a closely contested presidential and parliamentary poll.

Using text messages, Twitter, Facebook and email, Zambians reported scores of perceived voting glitches and irregular poll practices by early Tuesday afternoon — the first such use of mobile technology in the southern African nation.

Sep 7, 2011

South Africa’s out-of-sync Libya policy may cost it dearly

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s refusal to recognize Libya’s new rebel rulers has again exposed the excessive bureaucracy that often stymies decision-making in Pretoria and could have disastrous consequences for its standing and influence in Africa.

South Africa’s snub of the interim ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) puts Africa’s largest economy at odds with the West and African economic rival Nigeria.

Sep 7, 2011

Analysis – South Africa’s Libya policy may cost it dearly

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s refusal to recognise Libya’s new rebel rulers has again exposed the excessive bureaucracy that often stymies decision-making in Pretoria and could have disastrous consequences for its standing and influence in Africa.

South Africa’s snub of the interim ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) puts Africa’s largest economy at odds with the West and African economic rival Nigeria.

Sep 2, 2011

Analysis: Poor young South Africans lose faith in ageing leaders

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Clashes between youth members of the ruling ANC and police this week are signs that millions of unemployed young South Africans do not believe their aging leaders’ promises to lift them out of poverty.

Unless President Jacob Zuma and his government move fast to create more jobs for young people, there could be further violence which will scare off investors and deal a blow to the already sluggish economy.

Aug 30, 2011

Malema supporters clash with South Africa police

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African police used stun grenades and water cannon on Tuesday to disperse thousands of supporters of outspoken ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema who is locked in a party disciplinary hearing that could derail his political career.

Scores of Malema supporters hurled rocks and beer bottles at police and burned African National Congress (ANC) flags and posters of President Jacob Zuma outside the party headquarters in central Johannesburg.

Aug 30, 2011

Malema supporters attack S.Africa police

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 30 (Reuters) – South African police used
stun grenades and water cannon on Tuesday to disperse supporters
of controversial ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, who
faces a party disciplinary hearing that could derail his
political career.

Scores of Malema supporters hurled rocks and beer bottles at
police, burned African National Congress (ANC) flags and posters
of President Jacob Zuma outside the party headquarters in
central Johannesburg, live television pictures showed.

Aug 25, 2011

South Africa’s Libya policy reflects past loyalties

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – While Libya’s neighbours rush to recognise rebels who ousted Muammar Gaddafi, regional powerhouse South Africa is blocking the release of Tripoli’s frozen millions to them.

The policy reflects Pretoria’s strong ties to Libya’s former strongman that date back to the anti-Apartheid struggle, and frustration that Western intervention, not African mediation under the African Union, has again proven decisive on the continent.