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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
VENTERSDORP, South Africa (Reuters) – The trial of two blacks accused of hacking to death South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terre’blanche in a wage dispute at his farm opened Monday, exposing racial divisions in Africa’s largest economy.
Chris Mahlangu, a gardener at Terre’blanche’s farm, and a 16-year-old minor not identified for legal reasons were charged with the April 2010 murder that highlighted continuing racial tensions 17 years after the end of the apartheid system that Terre’blanche had fought to preserve.
VENTERSDORP, South Africa (Reuters) – The trial of two blacks accused of hacking to death South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terre’blanche in a wage dispute at his farm started on Monday amid tight security.
Chris Mahlangu, a gardener at Terre’blanche’s farm, and a 16-year-old not identified for legal reasons were charged with the April 2010 murder that highlighted continuing racial tensions 17 years after the end of the apartheid system that Terre’blanche had fought to preserve.
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.