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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.

Mar 18, 2011

Swazi police out in force ahead of protest

MBABANE (Reuters) – Swazi police flooded the streets of the tiny southern African kingdom’s capital Friday ahead of a protest by unions, civil servants and students calling on the government to resign.

Swaziland is in the grip of a serious financial crisis and civil servants fear they will not be paid this month after Africa’s last absolute monarchy suffered a huge drop in income from the Southern African Customs Union.

Feb 17, 2011

Madagascar’s deposed leader says to return home

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Madagascar’s deposed president Marc Ravalomanana said on Thursday he would risk arrest and return home, in a move likely to stoke tensions in a two-year leadership row on the Indian Ocean Island.

Ravalomanana made the announcement in South Africa, where he has lived in exile since 2009 when President Andy Rajoelina, backed by the military, seized power in Madagascar.