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Jun 26, 2012

S. Africa must reform white-dominated economy-Zuma

JOHANNESBURG, June 26 (Reuters) – South Africa’s economy is
still largely under the control of whites who held power under
apartheid, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday, and he called
for a “dramatic shift” to redress the wealth balance more evenly
in favour of the black majority.

Such calls have been a staple of ANC strategy documents for
years and Zuma’s policy speech comes months before he will seek
re-election as leader of the faction-ridden movement in
December. He has also been facing demands from the party’s youth
wing to nationalise mines and seize white-owned farmland.

Jun 26, 2012

Whites still mostly control South Africa economy: Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s economy is still mostly under the control of whites who held power under apartheid and the government needs to take more drastic steps to make sure the black majority can benefit from its wealth, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

Zuma, speaking at the start of a major policy meeting of his ruling African National Congress, said the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality posed long-term risks for Africa’s richest country 18 years after the end of apartheid.

Jun 26, 2012

Whites still mostly control S.Africa economy -Zuma

JOHANNESBURG, June 26 (Reuters) – South Africa’s economy is
still mostly under the control of whites who held power under
apartheid and the government needs to take more drastic steps to
make sure the black majority can benefit from its wealth,
President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

Zuma, speaking at the start of a major policy meeting of his
ruling African National Congress, said the challenges of
poverty, unemployment and inequality posed long-term risks for
Africa’s richest country 18 years after the end of apartheid.

Jun 24, 2012

Insight: ANC promises ring hollow in home of South Africa greats

ENTSHINGENI, South Africa (Reuters) – First graders huddle to do sums on scraps of paper pressed against a cracked mud wall at Mwezeni Primary School in South Africa’s destitute Eastern Cape province.

The school may be located in Africa’s wealthiest nation, but there are no chairs, no desks and no work books.

Jun 24, 2012

ANC promises ring hollow in home of S.Africa greats

ENTSHINGENI, South Africa, June 24 (Reuters) – First graders
huddle to do sums on scraps of paper pressed against a cracked
mud wall at Mwezeni Primary School in South Africa’s destitute
Eastern Cape province.

The school may be located in Africa’s wealthiest nation, but
there are no chairs, no desks and no work books.

Jun 12, 2012

South Africa’s Zuma fires scandal-hit police chief

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma sacked scandal-tainted police chief Bheki Cele on Tuesday, a rare dismissal of a senior figure from a government plagued by perceptions of rampant corruption.

The firing comes just a year after Cele’s predecessor Jackie Selebi was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

May 18, 2012

Presidential penis portrait riles S.Africa’s ANC

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC threatened to take legal action against a Johannesburg gallery for displaying art which lampoons President Jacob Zuma and accuses the party of corruption.

The African National Congress wants the Goodman Gallery to remove a painting of Zuma called “The Spear”, which depicts the president with his genitals exposed, and another work that has a “For Sale” sign superimposed over the party logo.

May 11, 2012

S.Africa’s De Klerk stirs ire with apartheid remarks

JOHANNESBURG, May 11 (Reuters) – Comments from South
Africa’s last white president, FW de Klerk, defending separate
racial states during apartheid set off a storm of criticism on
Friday from people still living with the legacy of decades of
racial oppression.

Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, De Klerk
apologised for the racial policies of the white-minority
government that oppressed the black majority, but defended
separate states for blacks and whites.

Apr 24, 2012

Analysis: South Africa’s Zuma on track for second term

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is the favorite to win a second term to lead the ruling ANC in a race dominated by factional politics instead of policy reforms for Africa’s most powerful economy.

More than a dozen insiders in the ruling African National Congress told Reuters that Zuma had the race in hand even though there are strong factions in the party who want him out and could make things difficult.

Nov 7, 2011

Congo opposition leader courts South Africa support

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Congo’s main opposition
leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, is in South Africa meeting senior
African National Congress officials and businessmen to drum up
support ahead of polls due at the end of the November, his
spokesman said on Monday.

Tshisekedi, leader of the Union for Democracy and Social
Progress (UDPS) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the main
rival to President Joseph Kabila in elections seen as a crucial
step in the mineral-rich nation’s recovery from a civil war that
ended in 2003 and left 5 million people dead.