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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

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.

Dec 13, 2012

S.Africa’s Motlanthe takes on Zuma for ANC top spot

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 13 (Reuters) – South African Deputy
President Kgalema Motlanthe will challenge President Jacob Zuma
for leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC)
next week, spicing up a one-sided race for the top political
position in Africa’s biggest economy.

Motlanthe aide Thabo Masebe ended months of speculation
about the internal ANC election in the city of Bloemfontein,
saying Motlanthe would enter the contest after winning the
backing of two of South Africa’s nine provinces.

Dec 5, 2012

S.Africa broadcaster cancels discussion show on ANC cover

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 5 (Reuters) – South Africa’s public
broadcaster cancelled the appearance of three prominent
journalists on a radio show to discuss coverage of an upcoming
ANC leadership conference, drawing accusations from critics of
censorship to protect the ruling party.

Minutes before the journalists – two from local newspapers
and one from the British-based Financial Times – were to go on
air on Tuesday night, they were told by broadcaster SABC’s
staff, who received instructions from top brass, that their
views would no longer be needed.

Dec 4, 2012

South Africa deploys high-tech plane for rhino poaching fight

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa has taken its war against rhino poaching to the skies by deploying a high-tech, low-speed reconnaissance aircraft to detect illegal hunters before they strike.

“This is a war. You cannot take a stick to a gunfight,” Ivor Ichikowitz, executive chairman of Africa’s largest privately held defense firm, Paramount, said on Tuesday. Paramount manufactured the small, specialized plane donated to the South Africa National Park Service.

Nov 28, 2012

S.Africa’s Zuma set for ANC re-election, Ramaphosa may come back

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 28 (Reuters) – South African President
Jacob Zuma looks set for re-election as head of the ruling ANC
in December but the battle for the post of his deputy could
thrust millionaire businessman and former unionist Cyril
Ramaphosa back into political prominence.

Despite sluggish growth in Africa’s biggest economy, bloody
labour strife that dented South Africa’s image this year and a
slew of scandals during Zuma’s three years in power, five of the
country’s nine provinces are backing the president to stay on as
leader of the African National Congress.

Nov 4, 2012

Battle for spoils tearing South Africa’s ANC apart: Zille

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling party will fracture before the decade is out, pulled apart by tension between big business and labor that was laid bare by three months of mining unrest, opposition leader Helen Zille said.

In an interview with Reuters, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Zille said the unprecedented mining turmoil, including the police killing of 34 strikers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in August, had exposed unsustainable contradictions in Nelson Mandela’s 100-year-old African National Congress.

Oct 12, 2012

In S.Africa, ANC struggle now a deadly scramble for spoils

WELBEDACHT, South Africa, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Mthembeni
Shezi, an ANC local councillor in the run-down suburb of
Welbedacht on South Africa’s east coast, was wrapping up a
routine meeting last month when two men barged in, sprayed the
room with gunfire and shot him five times in the chest.

“It was like a movie. The men just shot indiscriminately. It
was scary. Everyone panicked. We hit the floor. I didn’t think I
would come out of there alive,” said one woman present, who
remains too frightened to reveal her name.

Sep 7, 2012

South African police shot fleeing miners – witness

MARIKANA, South Africa (Reuters) – A survivor of last month’s police killing of 34 strikers at a South African mine says officers shot fleeing and surrendering men beyond the eyes of the media, challenging police assertions that they fired only in self-defence.

The testimony of Malusi King Danga, a 27-year-old general worker at Lonmin’s Marikana mine, sheds light on shootings on a rocky outcrop near the platinum mine on August 16.