Friday 19 January 2018
(AFP (eng) 12/29/17)
South Africa's top court on Friday ruled that parliament had failed to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable for using public money for private home upgrades, a move that could lead to impeachment proceedings. Opposition parties had gone to the Constitutional Court to argue that the speaker of parliament failed to enforce the appropriate processes to censure Zuma over the scandal. Zuma had failed to abide by recommendations made by the country's anti-corruption watchdog in 2014 over refurbishments at his personal home in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province that misused $15 million (12 million euros) of taxpayers' money.
(Reuters (Eng) 12/29/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that parliament had failed to hold President Jacob Zuma to account over a scandal related to state-funded upgrades to his home, and must launch proceedings that could remove him from office. The ruling is the latest judicial setback for Zuma, who has faced widespread public demands to step down as president of Africa’s most industrialized economy before an election in 2019. While the ruling comes nowhere near starting an impeachment process against Zuma now, it gives parliament six months to make provision for the removal of a president. It was not immediately clear what specific steps parliament would take, and whether any concrete action would be completed before the election,...
(AFP (eng) 12/29/17)
South Africa's jovial leader Jacob Zuma is a former herdboy who fought in the anti-apartheid struggle and has held onto the presidency despite a plethora of scandals. Now aged 75, he has survived by building a network of loyal African National Congress (ANC) lawmakers and officials, and by trading on the party's legacy as the organisation that ended white-minority rule. Among the stains on his presidency have been allegedly fostering a culture of government corruption and leading the country into a quagmire of low growth and record unemployment. He stood down as ANC party chief at a conference earlier this month but remain as national president ahead of the 2019 election. As leader of the late Nelson Mandela's party, which...
(AFP (eng) 12/28/17)
Credit ratings agency Moody's downgraded debt held by embattled South Africa-based home retail giant Steinhoff on Thursday and warned of further downgrades amid "increasing pressure" on the company's cashflow. Moody's said in a statement it was cutting Steinhoff's credit rating from "B1", or speculative with a high credit risk, to "Caa1", or poor quality and a very high risk. Earlier this month, Steinhoff revealed it was under criminal and tax investigations over suspicions of accounting irregularities, with a reported six billion euro ($7 billion) hole in its accounts. German investigators have been conducting an inquiry into possible "falsification of a balance sheet" since the European summer, according to media there. That news sent the stocks of the Frankfurt-listed firm tumbling...
(AFP (eng) 12/26/17)
"They beat him with a pole... and you could hear the bones breaking," said Debbie Turner, recounting her husband's murder in a slow, defiant voice. She refuses to talk about him in the past tense and sleeps with a photo of him close by. "I miss him so terribly -- it's just so hard," she said, sitting in front of the frail-care unit that has been her home since the attack at their farm. Robert "Oki" Turner, 66, was beaten to death before her eyes six months ago on their isolated stretch of mountain land in South Africa's northeastern Limpopo province. He was one of the latest victims of a long campaign of violence against the country's farmers who are...
(AFP (eng) 12/26/17)
Virat Kohli's India head for a gruelling tour of South Africa on Wednesday looking for a record-breaking tenth straight Test series triumph, but they will have to overcome a reputation for being bad travellers. India, who beat New Zealand, England and Australia in a powerful home season to consolidate their number one Test ranking, celebrated their last major away victory in 2008-2009 when they beat the Kiwis 1-0 in a three-Test series. "Looking forward to the South Africa tour, it's going to be a different challenge," said Rohit Sharma, who captained the Indian limited-overs side in Kohli's recent absence. "But I want to reiterate about our home season, it's never easy to beat anyone. We were challenged at different times...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/17)
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma challenged on Friday a court ruling which ordered him to launch a legal probe into corruption allegations against him, according to legal documents. The North Gauteng High Court last week ordered Zuma to appoint a judicial inquiry within 30 days to investigate graft allegations that have dogged him and his associates in recent years. It said the country's chief justice, not Zuma, should choose a judge to preside over the inquiry to avoid a conflict of interest. But in court papers seen by local media on Friday, Zuma's lawyers challenged the order on 20 grounds, arguing that it "offends the separation of powers doctrine" which governs the relationship between the executive and the judiciary. In...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/17)
Zimbabwe's new leader on Thursday appealed to millions of nationals who fled economic decline and political turmoil to return home and help rebuild the nation following the fall of Robert Mugabe. Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, took over from the long-time leader who resigned on November 21 following a military takeove. Mugabe had ruled the southern African country for 37 years. "You are so many here in the diaspora because of in particular economic challenges that beset our country," said Mnangagwa during a speech in Pretoria in South Africa during his maiden foreign trip. "I appeal to you to come to Zimbabwe," he said exactly a month after Mugabe tendered his resignation under popular pressure and as he faced impeachment. "Zimbabwe is...
(APA 12/22/17)
APA – Dakar (Sénégal) - Le coureur sud-africain Louis Meintjes de l'équipe UAE Emirates vient d’être désigné cycliste africain de la saison 2017 par un jury de spécialistes présidé par l’ancien champion français Bernard Hinault. Le sociétaire de l’équipe UAE Emiates devance le Rwandais Joseph Areruya (Dimension Data) et l’Erythréen Merhawi Kudus. Lauréat l’année dernière, l’Erythréen Tesfom Okubamariam termine à la 8ème place. Louis Meintjes s’est distingué cette année en terminant notamment à la 8ème place au Tour de France. Déjà lauréat en 2013, il devient le premier coureur à remporter à deux reprises cette distinction. Meintjes rejoindra l'équipe Dimension Data en 2018. Créé par les organisateurs gabonais de la Tropicale Amissa Bongo, ce trophée récompense depuis 2012 le coureur...
(AFP (eng) 12/21/17)
South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wrapped up Thursday the party conference that elected him ANC leader, with a vow to stamp out corruption in the organisation and in government. But the result of the party's other leadership races will mean that even if Ramaphosa becomes president in 2019, he will have to share power with the party faction that opposed his leadership bid. And in the meantime, President Jacob Zuma remains head of state, limiting Ramaphosa's room for manoeuver. - Knives out - Even though Zuma and Ramaphosa presented an amiable front to the world during the conference, relations between the two remain badly strained.
(AFP 12/21/17)
The newly elected head of South Africa's ruling ANC party called for unity and an end to "vested interests" in politics in his maiden speech Thursday after a bruising leadership contest. Cyril Ramaphosa told roughly 5,000 members of his African National Congress party gathered outside Johannesburg for the much-delayed climax of a five-day conference that the public wanted the "leadership to be united". President Jacob Zuma has stepped down as head of the party but can legally remain as president until 2019 -- the end of his term. "Speculation was rife that the 54th conference of the ANC would either not take place or collapse on the very first day," Ramaphosa said, referring to the bitter legal battles over which...
(AFP 12/21/17)
Dale Steyn doesn't want to talk about the possibility of becoming South Africa's all-time leading wicket-taker, he said during a steady comeback to long-form cricket on Wednesday. Steyn was not among the wickets for a South African Invitation team on the first day of a three-day day-night match against the touring Zimbabweans at Boland Park, but was happy with his rhythm ahead of an expected Test comeback against Zimbabwe in a day-night clash in Port Elizabeth, starting on Tuesday. Steyn, 34, needs just five wickets to overtake Shaun Pollock's record of 421 Test wickets –- but it has been more than a year since he took his 417th wicket, shortly before breaking down with a freak shoulder fracture against Australia...
(AFP 12/21/17)
Scores in brief at close of play on the first day of a three-day, day-night match between a South African Invitation XI and the touring Zimbabweans at Boland Park on Wednesday: Zimbabweans 196 (Hamilton Masakadza 79; Lizaad Williams 3-12, Michael Cohen 3-21, Shaun von Berg 3-64) South African Invitation XI 55-3 (Temba Bavuma 35 not out; Kyle Jarvis 2-15) Match situation: SA Invitation XI trail by 141 runs with seven wickets remaining in the first innings
(AFP (eng) 12/20/17)
Cyril Ramaphosa's victory in the ANC leadership battle has sparked renewed hope among many in South Africa's Soweto township where he grew up -- and where frustration with the party has been mounting. "He is a model because he is one person that came out of the township and became a great businessman in this world," said 21-year-old journalism student Charlie Khoza from the Tshawelo district of Soweto. He was among a group of six young men standing on a street corner bathed in sunlight, drinking canned sodas the day after Ramaphosa's decisive victory in the tight leadership race. Their optimism for the probable future president and former trade unionist turned businessman was widely shared. In the less well-off Chiawele...
(The Associated Press 12/20/17)
South African media are reporting that Olympian Oscar Pistorius is appealing his recently lengthened prison sentence for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Broadcaster EWN reports that Pistorius filed an application to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. The Supreme Court of Appeal last month more than doubled Pistorius’ sentence to 13 years, calling the initial six-year sentence “shockingly lenient.” Now the earliest the double-amputee runner will be eligible for parole is 2023. Pistorius killed Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013 after shooting four times through a closed toilet cubicle door with his 9 mm pistol. He claimed he mistook the 29-year-old model and reality TV star for an intruder.
(Xinhuanet 12/20/17)
The South African Communist Party (SACP) on Tuesday reaffirmed the strategic importance of the tripartite alliance despite challenges facing the alliance. "Organizational renewal and the strategic reconfiguration of the alliance are imperative, if we are to collectively achieve our historical mission of carrying forward a second radical phase of the national democratic revolution," the SACP said. Since coming to power in 1994, the ANC has formed a tripartite alliance with the SACP and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). There have been cracks in the alliance recently after both the SACP and COSATU criticized the ANC for poor leadership that has led to a series of problems, particularly rampant corruption. There were rumors that the alliance is on...
(AFP 12/20/17)
American Nana Akosoh-Bempah scored in his first start for Cape Town City to inflict a 1-0 defeat on leaders Mamelodi Sundowns Tuesday and open up the South African title race. The 20-year-old finished off a four-pass, box-to-box counter-attack on 27 minutes by pushing a cutback past Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria. It proved the only goal of a lively match at a venue better known for hosting Super Rugby side Northern Bulls and, occasionally, the Springboks. Sundowns remained leaders despite the setback with 28 points, four more than Cape Town and six ahead of Kaizer Chiefs, Baroka and Free State Stars. But the gap would have been nine points had the 2016 CAF Champions League...
(AFP 12/20/17)
South African Premiership table after Tuesday's match (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Sundowns 14 9 1 4 23 10 28 Cape Town 15 7 3 5 17 15 24 Chiefs 15 5 7 3 13 9 22 Baroka 15 5 7 3 19 19 22 Free State 15 6 4 5 17 17 22 Pirates 15 4 8 3 11 11 20 Chippa 15 4 7 4 11 10 19 Celtic 13 5 4 4 12 12 19 Maritzburg 14 4 6 4 12 8 18 Arrows 15 3 9 3 17 16 18 SuperSport 10 4 3 3 11 9 15 AmaZulu 13 3 6 4 15 17 15 Polokwane 14 3 6 5 14 17 15 Platinum 15 3 6 6 9 15 15 Ajax 14 3 4 7 10 16 13 Wits 14 2 5 7 7 17 11
(AFP 12/20/17)
South African Premiership result Tuesday: Mamelodi Sundowns 0 Cape Town City 1 (Akosoh-Bempah 27) Playing Wednesday Bloemfontein Celtic v SuperSport Utd
(AFP (eng) 12/19/17)
South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa faced wide-ranging challenges Tuesday after being elected to lead the country's ruling party as it grapples with corruption allegations and disunity. He narrowly won the vote to become head of the African National Congress (ANC) on Monday after a bruising race that exposed rifts within the organisation that led the fight against apartheid. Thousands of raucous Ramaphosa supporters sang and chanted in the conference hall as rival backers of defeated candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma appeared dejected. "Many doom-sayers had said that this conference was going to collapse," Ramaphosa told journalists on Tuesday, describing the party as "renewed and stronger"...

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