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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.

Sep 7, 2012

South African police shot fleeing miners, witness says

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-defense.

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.

Jul 26, 2012

South African “Boeremag” mastermind guilty of high treason

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The mastermind of a “Boer Army” white supremacist plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of South Africa was found guilty of high treason on Thursday after a trial that lasted almost ten years.

Former university lecturer Mike du Toit was the first member of the “Boeremag”, a rag-tag militia of apartheid loyalists, to be found guilty in connection with a botched 2002 coup attempt in Africa’s biggest economy which aimed to overthrow the ruling African National Congress.

Jul 20, 2012

South Africa’s ex-police chief on medical parole

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa released its disgraced former police chief from prison on medical grounds on Friday, after serving 229 days of a 15-year sentence and prompting accusations the ruling ANC bends justice for the politically connected.

Jackie Selebi, also the former head of international police agency Interpol, is the most prominent member of the African National Congress to be convicted of corruption, for taking bribes from a drug smuggler.