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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.

Oct 10, 2011

South Africa starts murder trial of supremacist

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.

Oct 10, 2011

SAfrica starts murder trial of supremacist Terre’blanche

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.

Oct 7, 2011

South Africa’s Tutu fetes 80th birthday amid controversy

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.

Oct 3, 2011

South Africa’s Zuma says he is in control

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.

Sep 29, 2011

S.Africa’s Malema loses support in urban areas-poll

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The ANC Youth League’s
firebrand leader Julius Malema has seen his support slip in
South Africa’s biggest cities, an opinion poll showed on
Thursday.

Malema has unnerved investors with his calls to nationalise
mines and seize white-owned farms. He declared “economic war” on
the country’s white minority who still dominates Africa’s most
powerful economy 17 years after apartheid ended.

Sep 21, 2011

South Africa ANC hurt by faction fighting – officials

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Factional fighting is turning the African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, into a “shambles” ahead of a leadership election next year, senior ANC officials said on Wednesday.

The ANC, which helped liberate South Africa after decades of white minority rule but has failed to lift millions out of poverty, is embroiled in an internal struggle fronted by Youth League leader Julius Malema who appears to be seeking to oust President Jacob Zuma.

Sep 16, 2011

S.Africa’s Malema scores point in hearing

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 16 (Reuters) – South African firebrand
Julius Malema won a small victory in a hearing that could derail
his political career when a disciplinary panel on Friday
provisionally withdrew a charge against him for inflaming
factionalism in the ruling party.

But African National Congress Youth League leader Malema,
named this week by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful
men in Africa, still faces suspension or expulsion from the ANC
if found guilty of other charges including bringing the ruling
party into disrepute.