JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African peace icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his 80th birthday Friday in the church where he preached against apartheid, just a few days after saying the former liberation movement now in government was in some ways even worse.
Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for speaking out against white minority rule, has remained one of the world’s most celebrated figures and is widely seen as South Africa’s moral compass.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma hit back on Monday at critics of his leadership, saying that he and not outspoken African National Congress (ANC) Youth League front-man Julius Malema was in control of the continent’s biggest economy.
“We don’t think Malema is in charge. He is not. The ANC is in charge in terms of the country. The government of this country is in charge. It’s as clear as that,” Zuma said at a business breakfast in Johannesburg.
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The ANC Youth League’s
firebrand leader Julius Malema has seen his support slip in
South Africa’s biggest cities, an opinion poll showed on
Malema has unnerved investors with his calls to nationalise
mines and seize white-owned farms. He declared “economic war” on
the country’s white minority who still dominates Africa’s most
powerful economy 17 years after apartheid ended.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Factional fighting is turning the African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, into a “shambles” ahead of a leadership election next year, senior ANC officials said on Wednesday.
The ANC, which helped liberate South Africa after decades of white minority rule but has failed to lift millions out of poverty, is embroiled in an internal struggle fronted by Youth League leader Julius Malema who appears to be seeking to oust President Jacob Zuma.
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 16 (Reuters) – South African firebrand
Julius Malema won a small victory in a hearing that could derail
his political career when a disciplinary panel on Friday
provisionally withdrew a charge against him for inflaming
factionalism in the ruling party.
But African National Congress Youth League leader Malema,
named this week by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful
men in Africa, still faces suspension or expulsion from the ANC
if found guilty of other charges including bringing the ruling
party into disrepute.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s firebrand ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was found guilty on Monday of hate speech for singing an apartheid-era song that called for the killing of white farmers.
The verdict against Malema, one of the country’s most prominent politicians, comes as he is fighting for his political survival in a separate disciplinary case brought by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which has charged him with bringing the party into disrepute.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African court on Monday ruled that ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was guilty of uttering hate speech for singing an apartheid-era song that called for the killing of white farmers.
The verdict against Malema, one of the country’s most prominent politicians, comes as he is fighting for his political survival in a separate disciplinary case brought by the ruling African National Congress, which has charged him with bringing the party into disrepute.
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The disciplinary hearing of
firebrand ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has been
postponed from Monday to the following week so that all the
relevant parties can attend, the movement said in statement on
Malema, 30, on Friday lost his bid to have the charges
against him quashed and, if found guilty of bringing the African
National Congress into disrepute, faces suspension and even
possible expulsion from South Africa’s ruling party.
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Firebrand ANC Youth League
leader Julius Malema, facing suspension from South Africa’s
ruling party, said on Monday he is ready to step down if it will
bring unity to a political group increasingly divided over his
calls to take over mines.
Malema, 30, faces a disciplinary hearing from Tuesday on
charges he has brought the ruling African National Congress into
disrepute and for sowing discord in the ranks — which could
bring suspension for several years if found guilty. Five other
top Youth League officials also face charges.
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 17 (Reuters) – South Africa’s proposed
National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, aimed at curing a broken
health system, is shaping up to be the most expensive government
programme since the end of apartheid and could push Africa’s
biggest economy into recession.
Plans to finance NHI will be worked out over the next
several months but one thing economists agree on is that tax
payers will be hard squeezed to fund the ambitious programme
that comes as jobs are being shed in a stagnant economy.