Articles tagged 'anc'

Mugabe, SA row escalates 10 September 2017 HARARE - Gwede Mantashe, the secretary-general of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC), has hit back at President Robert Mugabe for his recent attacks on him and the late Nelson Mandela as the row ignited by the 93-year-old remarks fails to cool down tempers. Mugabe has in the...
Zuma survives no-confidence vote 9 August 2017 CAPE TOWN - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has survived his latest vote of no confidence - despite the ballot being held in secret. Opposition parties had hoped the secret ballot would mean some MPs from the governing ANC party might side with them against the president. But the motion...
Protests ahead of Zuma no confidence vote 8 August 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Major roads in the Johannesburg area were blocked with burning tyres and rocks on Tuesday morning ahead of the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Johannesburg Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said major highways and roads wer...
Mbeki in mysterious visit 2 August 2017 HARARE - Former South African president Thabo Mbeki — who brokered unity government talks in 2008 — on Monday quietly jetted into the country on a private visit to meet with President Robert Mugabe. His visit has fuelled speculation that the politician, who served as the second post-apartheid ...
Political infighting impeding Africa's fortunes 24 July 2017 HARARE - The current political infighting in South Africa (SA) – and other countries such as Zimbabwe – is exacerbating Africa's woes, and political instability tag or perception, a leading continental lobby group has said. This also comes as Ladislas Agbesi's Pan African Business Forum (PABF)...
Zuma is corrupt, incapable of leading SA: Trevor Manuel 12 July 2017 PRETORIA - Former finance minister Trevor Manuel lashed out at President Jacob Zuma, saying he is corrupt and incapable of governing South Africa. Manuel also took a swing at current ministers, saying government fails to deal with corruption because competent leadership has "been replaced by i...
SA court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote 23 June 2017 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in secret. The constitutional court said that the Speaker of parliament had the right to order such a move. She had previously stated she did not have the power. Oppos...
Zuma Cabinet reshuffle appeal to be heard 3 June 2017 PRETORIA - The High Court in Johannesburg will on Friday morning hear an appeal by President Jacob Zuma against a ruling that he must hand over records explaining his controversial Cabinet reshuffle. The infamous late night reshuffle saw Pravin Gordhan axed as finance minister, along with his ...
Zanu PF fumes over 'rural party' jibe 1 June 2017 HARARE - Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene has slammed South Africa's Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande, labelling him a “daft politician”, after he described President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF as a “rural party”. This comes as the South African Communist Party (SACP) ...
Zanu PF now rural party: SA minister 31 May 2017 HARARE - South Africa (SA)'s Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande has slammed President Robert Mugabe's long-ruling Zanu PF, labelling it a “rural party”. The general secretary of South African Communist Party (SACP) - an ally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) - told a Cosatu m...
Zuma plans relocation to Dubai 29 May 2017 PRETORIA - South Africa's embattled president Jacob Zuma has been planning to set up home in Dubai, according to emails published in South African media. The reports suggest deepening ties between President Zuma and the controversial Gupta business family. But the president's spokesman has ...
Zuma's son vies for ANC position 11 April 2017 JOHANNESBURG - While embattled South Africa President Jacob Zuma came under increased pressure to step down this week, his eldest son, Edward, was fighting to become chairperson of the Msholozi branch in KwaNxamalala Village in Nkandla. But his bid was thwarted after the general meeting last S...
Anti-Zuma protests across South Africa 7 April 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Protesters are gathering in major South African cities calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down after the sacking of a respected finance minister. Crowds are building ahead of demonstrations in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and the capital, Pretoria. Mr Zuma's sacking ...
Shock, outrage as Zuma sacks Finance minister 31 March 2017 JOHANNESBURG - As the nation comes to terms with the reshuffling of cabinet members after President Jacob Zuma's shock late-night announcement last night, political parties have come out strongly against the axing of ministers including former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebis...
Are ANC, Zanu PF ready for female presidents? 15 January 2017 HARARE - Recent political developments in neighbouring South Africa where president Jacob Zuma has said the governing African National Congress (ANC) party is ready for its first female leader, days after his former wife was named by the party's influential women's league as its choice to succeed...
Zuma gains reprieve despite calls for his resignation 29 November 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s beleaguered president, appeared to have won a fierce battle to remain in office as the ruling African National Congress concluded an intense and acrimonious three-day debate on whether he should stand down from the office he has held for seven years. M...
ANC loses power in Johannesburg for first time 23 August 2016 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's governing ANC party has lost control of the country's largest city and economic centre, Johannesburg. The city council elected as mayor Herman Mashaba from the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA). The ANC had run the city since the fall of apartheid more than 2...
SA polls: ANC suffers major setback 5 August 2016 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has suffered its worst electoral setback since apartheid ended in 1994. With 94% of the votes counted after Wednesday's municipal elections, the party has lost the key battleground of Nelson Mandela Bay to the opposition D...
DA takes strong lead in hotly contested metros 4 August 2016 JOHANNESBURG - As counting in the local government polls progressed on Thursday, the ANC was holding onto its slight majority, though its count at 7am was slightly lower than an hour earlier, while the DA took strong early leads in all three Gauteng metros, as well as Nelson Mandela Bay. Just ...
SA polls: ANC, Zuma face test 3 August 2016 JOHANNESBURG - South Africans are voting in local elections seen as a test for President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress. The ANC has dominated the political landscape since the first all-race elections in 1994. But Mr Zuma has had to weather scandal, after being ordered...
Zim bus torched in SA protests 22 June 2016 HARARE - A Zimbabwean bus was torched and another stripped by protesters in Tshwane but that did not deter hard-pressed Zimbabwean cross-boarder traders from continuing to flock to South Africa despite the violence there. The mob set over a dozen buses alight and blocked the main entrance into...
Tshwane protests: Looting, burning of buses continues 22 June 2016 PRETORIA - Protests that began on Monday evening over the announcement of Thoko Didiza as the ANC's Tshwane mayoral candidate continued throughout Tuesday. The situation became so volatile that by the end of the working day, commuters were left stranded as buses and taxis lessened their servic...
Tshwane protests: SA defence minister says won't deploy army yet 21 June 2016 PRETORIA - Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Tuesday said that the army would be only be deployed in Tshwane as a last resort only. "The situation is assessed on a daily basis and depending on the outcome of that assessment we will make a choice on whether to de...
Tshwane protests rage on, leave trail of destruction 21 June 2016 PRETORIA - There was a heavy police presence on Pretoria streets on Tuesday morning as politically-related violent protests continued for the second consecutive day across the city. Tshwane Metro Police Department spokesperson Isaac Mahamba said there has been serious “challenges” around the D...
SA's Zuma 'breached' constitution, court rules 31 March 2016 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's highest court has ruled that President Jacob Zuma violated the constitution when he failed to repay some of the government money used to upgrade his private home. The treasury had 60 days to determine how much he should repay, it added. The ruling is a victory ...