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Jun 27, 2011

South African unions attack Zuma’s “zig-zagging”

MIDRAND, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa’s powerful union movement fired a warning shot at President Jacob Zuma on Monday, telling him not to take its support for granted in next year’s elections for leader of the ruling ANC.

At its four-yearly strategy conference this week, the 2 million-strong Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) also ripped into Zuma’s leadership of Africa’s biggest economy, accusing him of presiding over “wild zig-zagging” in policy.

Jun 14, 2011

Battle lines drawn in bid to lead South Africa’s ANC

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Julius Malema and the ANC Youth League he heads appears to have embarked on a campaign to limit President Jacob Zuma to one term as leader of South Africa’s ruling party, union leaders say.

The anti-Zuma group is supported by wealthy members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and fronted by Malema, whose calls for farm seizures without compensation and the nationalisation of mines in the world’s biggest platinum producer have worried investors.

Jun 11, 2011

Anti-apartheid activist Sisulu gets official funeral

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Albertina Sisulu, a leading light of the former anti-apartheid movement and widow of an early mentor of Nelson Mandela, was given an official funeral on Saturday attended by South African government chiefs.

President Jacob Zuma and other top aides took part in the memorial service for Sisulu in a 40,000-seat football stadium in Soweto, the black township near Johannesburg synonymous with the fight against white-minority rule.

May 20, 2011

ANC wins South Africa local polls

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ANC was poised to sweep to victory in local elections but gains by the main opposition DA indicate growing anger at the ruling party, which has been in power since apartheid ended 17 years ago.

The African National Congress had secured 63.6 percent of the vote, as of Friday when almost all of the ballots had been counted, but its final result will likely be less than the 67 percent it gained in the 2006 elections.

May 20, 2011

ANC wins South Africa local polls, opposition support up

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ANC has taken the most votes in local government elections but big gains by the main opposition DA show voters’ anger with corruption in the ruling party and its failure to provide basic services, analysts said on Friday.

The African National Congress, which has ruled Africa’s largest economy for almost 20 years since apartheid ended, had secured 63.5 percent of the vote by early Friday. Analysts expect the final result to show it has less than the 67 percent it gained in the 2006 elections.

May 19, 2011

Opposition gains ground in South African vote

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s opposition made gains in early municipal election results on Thursday in what could indicate growing frustration with the ruling ANC party that helped bring down apartheid 17 years ago.

Final audited election results for the election, held on Wednesday for 278 metropolitan areas, could be released by the weekend, an Independent Election Commission official said.

May 19, 2011

Early South Africa local vote results show ANC in lead

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Preliminary results in South Africa’s local elections showed the ruling African National Congress in the lead in a vote characterized by the government’s failure to improve the lives of the poor.

By early Thursday, the ANC was ahead with 60 percent of the votes followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 27 percent, an election official told Reuters.

May 18, 2011

South Africans vote as toilet row grabs headlines

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africans on Wednesday voted in municipal elections in which squalid unenclosed toilets built for the poor have become a potent symbol of local government neglect nearly 20 years after apartheid ended.

The African National Congress, in power since South Africa’s first all-race elections 17 years ago, will almost certainly storm to victory given the public support it still enjoys for bringing down white-minority rule.

May 3, 2011

South Africa delays Terre’blanche murder trial

VENTERSDORP, South Africa (Reuters) – The start of the trial of two black farm workers accused of murdering South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terre’blanche was delayed on Tuesday to give a defendant more time to consult lawyers.

Chris Mahlangu, 28, a gardener at Terre’blanche’s farm, and a 15-year-old — not identified for legal reasons — were charged with the April 2010 murder that highlighted continuing racial tensions 17 years after the end of the apartheid system that Terre’blanche had fought to preserve.

Apr 7, 2011

Czech arrest lays bare South Africa’s organised crime

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The arrest of a Czech millionaire, alleged boss of a sprawling criminal network in South Africa, has thrown a spotlight on the dark side of Africa’s biggest economy where, it seems, the law has its price.

With its sophisticated banking system, modern airports, efficient harbours, good Internet and first-world creature comforts, Nelson Mandela’s “Rainbow Nation” may be the most attractive destination on the continent for foreigners to set up criminal operations.