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Feb 19, 2013

Pistorius shot girlfriend through door-prosecutor

PRETORIA, Feb 19 (Reuters) – “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius put on his artificial legs and walked across his bedroom before firing four handgun rounds into the locked bathroom door, killing his cowering girlfriend in cold blood, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Reeva Steenkamp, a law graduate and model, died after being hit by three rounds, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said.

Feb 7, 2013

South Africa charges Congo rebels with planning coup

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Nineteen Congolese rebels, including a naturalized U.S. citizen, were charged in a South African court on Thursday with plotting a coup against the government in Kinshasa which they planned to finance, if successful, through mineral concessions.

The group, who appeared in court in Pretoria, were led by U.S.-Congolese citizen James Kazongo and had been under surveillance by an elite South African police unit for months before their arrest this week, prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said.

Dec 21, 2012

South Africa’s soothing Ramaphosa leads ANC charm offensive

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.

Dec 20, 2012

S. Africa’s Zuma pledges ANC renewal to dispel doubts

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.

Dec 19, 2012

S. Africa pushing for minerals export curbs

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.

Dec 18, 2012

S.Africa’s Zuma boosted by Ramaphosa return in ANC win

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, Dec 18 (Reuters) – South
Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) re-elected
President Jacob Zuma as its leader on Tuesday, setting him up
for seven more years as head of state of Africa’s biggest
economy.

Nelson Mandela’s 100-year-old liberation movement also chose
respected businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy, seeking to
repair the image of a Zuma administration battered by corruption
scandals and strikes and facing growing discontent among the
poor black majority.

Dec 18, 2012

South Africa’s ANC re-elects Zuma, picks Ramaphosa as deputy

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) re-elected President Jacob Zuma as its leader on Tuesday, setting him up for seven more years as head of state of Africa’s biggest economy.

The 100-year-old liberation movement also chose respected businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy, seeking to repair the battered image of a Zuma government that has been hit by a string of corruption scandals and shaky handling of the economy.

Dec 18, 2012

S.Africa’s ANC re-elects Zuma,picks Ramaphosa as deputy

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, Dec 18 (Reuters) – South
Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) re-elected
President Jacob Zuma as its leader on Tuesday, setting him up
for seven more years as head of state of Africa’s biggest
economy.

The 100-year-old liberation movement also chose respected
businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy, seeking to repair the
battered image of a Zuma government that has been hit by a
string of corruption scandals and shaky handling of the economy.

Dec 17, 2012

South Africa police foil ANC meeting bomb plot

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) – South African police have foiled a plot by suspected right-wing Afrikaner extremists to bomb a marquee at an African National Congress (ANC) conference attended by President Jacob Zuma and dozens of top government officials.

A police statement released on Monday said four men aged between 40 and 50 were arrested on Sunday.

Dec 16, 2012

South Africa is not “falling apart”: Zuma

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.