Thursday 17 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe's whereabouts were not known on Tuesday, a South African police spokesman said, correcting the police minister who earlier claimed that she had handed herself in to police. "The negotiations over the suspect handing herself over have not concluded and our investigations have not finalised," police national spokesman Vishnu Naidoo told AFP. "The minister learned later that it just didn't materalise as it was supposed to. "We have identified a suspect but she hasn’t handed herself over yet. We do not know her whereabouts at this stage." Grace Mugabe had been expected in court Tuesday after she allegedly used an extension cord to assault...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe was under investigation by South African police Tuesday after she allegedly used an extension cord to assault a model in a Johannesburg hotel. The alleged attack threatened to spark a major diplomatic incident between the two countries, which have strong political and economic ties. The 52-year-old wife of President Robert Mugabe is accused of beating Gabriella Engels, 20, on Sunday evening at the hotel where her two sons were staying, leaving the victim with injuries to her forehead and the back of her head. "She hasn't handed herself over yet. We do not know her whereabouts at this stage," police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo told AFP.
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress won’t try to expose its lawmakers who voted in secret with the opposition in the no-confidence motion against President Jacob Zuma, the party’s secretary-general said. “There will be no witch hunt for those who voted with the opposition,” Gwede Mantashe said in a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday. “We don’t know who voted what way.” More than two dozen members of the ANC backed the motion of no confidence in the president...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe returned home on Tuesday from South Africa after failing to turn herself in to police in Johannesburg to face accusations of assaulting a model in a hotel room. There was no immediate public comment on the case from Grace, 52, a possible successor to her husband President Robert Mugabe, 93, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980. But Zimbabwe government sources confirmed she had returned home. "Yes, she is back in the country. We don't know...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Zimbabwe's vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is seen as favourite to succeed President Robert Mugabe, has been flown to South Africa for emergency medical care, officials said Monday. Mnangagwa, 74, fell ill at a rally where Mugabe spoke on Saturday in the southern town of Gwanda, and suffered severe suspected food poisoning. "Some of his doctors are in South Africa," health minister David Parirenyatwa told reporters in the capital Harare. "He is well. He is much better, he is almost jovial. He was vomiting with diarrhoea and he became dehydrated. He has done a battery of tests." With Mugabe, 93, in increasingly ...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma indicated that ruling party lawmakers who backed an opposition attempt to oust him should face disciplinary action and said he may consider firing his higher education minister, who has criticized his leadership. More than two dozen members of the ruling African National Congress backed a motion of no confidence in the president on Aug. 8, which the main opposition Democratic Alliance filed after he unilaterally fired his respected finance minister and two ratings companies responded...
(The Guardian 08/14/17)
PR company summoned before disciplinary committee, accused of divisive social media campaign in South Africa to benefit billionaire Gupta family Bell Pottinger, the public relations company founded by Margaret Thatcher’s spin doctor Lord Bell, will on Friday be hauled before the public relations and communications association (PRCA) disciplinary committee over allegations it ran a secret campaign to stir up racial tension in South Africa on behalf of billionaire clients. Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance party, has...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma wants the African National Congress to identify and punish party members who voted against him in a no-confidence motion in parliament last week. Some 30 ANC lawmakers supported the opposition motion in a secret ballot on Aug. 8, not enough for it to pass but the defection exposed rifts within the ANC that could weaken Zuma's ability to influence the choice of next party leader at elections in December. Addressing an ANC meeting late on...
(Times Live 08/12/17)
ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has rubbished accusations that calls for radical economic transformation are tantamount to anti-white sentiment. Dlamini-Zuma said the policy of radical economic transformation was in fact "pro-South Africa". Dlamini-Zuma was speaking on Friday at an event hosted by the Progressive Professionals Forum in Woodmead‚ north of Johannesburg. She advised white people to get behind radical economic transformation because they would benefit from a peaceful and stable country‚ arguing that failure to include black people in the...
(AFP (eng) 08/11/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma, who survived a vote of no confidence in parliament this week, is "a fighter but he knows he is bowing out," one of his closest allies told AFP on Friday. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula called for ANC lawmakers to rally behind their leader after at least 30 of them voted to oust him in Tuesday's crunch parliamentary motion brought by the opposition. Zuma, 75, is due to step down as head of the African National...
(Times Live 08/11/17)
Each time the president survives, the ANC loses the battle of regaining people’s trust Just when many thought that President Jacob Zuma’s fate was sealed, he emerged victorious against a motion of no confidence in him - for the eighth time. The fanfare associated with his expected loss was largely in sync with the increasing public discontent with his leadership. On the day of the no confidence vote political parties slugged it out: the ANC was on the defensive, barraged...
(Xinhuanet 08/10/17)
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday denounced a plan by the opposition to dissolve Parliament to pave way for early elections. The Democratic Alliance (DA) announced earlier in the day that it will table a motion for the dissolution of Parliament and call for early elections. This came one day after the ANC defeated a no confidence motion against President Jacob Zuma through secret ballot. In the voting, 198 MPs were against the motion, while 177 supported it...
(Bloomberg 08/09/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma narrowly overcame a bid by opposition parties to topple him through a no-confidence motion in parliament. The real loser may be his own party, the African National Congress. Ruling party lawmakers rallied round Zuma, a 75-year-old former intelligence operative who’s been implicated in a series of scandals, to defeat the motion by 198 votes to 177. With support for the ANC waning as a result of Zuma’s misrule before elections in 2019, it’s a decision...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
South African opposition leaders piled pressure on President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday after a parliamentary vote of no confidence exposed deep rifts in his ANC party as it readies for a leadership battle. Zuma survived the attempt to oust him, but he was weakened after at least 30 African National Congress lawmakers voted on Tuesday for a motion that would have forced him to resign. The 75-year-old is due to step down as head of the party in December, and...
(CNN 08/09/17)
South Africa's scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma has survived an ouster attempt in the country's National Assembly. A motion of no-confidence in Zuma was defeated by 198 votes to 177. Even though the ballot was held in secret, the opposition was not able to persuade enough members of Zuma's ruling African National Congress to side with them. Members of the ANC sang in celebration even before the result was formally announced. "I would like to thank you very much," Zuma told...
(Bloomberg 08/09/17)
Parliament has no reason to celebrate its vote of confidence in the president. President Jacob Zuma has survived yet another attempt to oust him, beating back a no-confidence vote in South Africa's parliament. A Pyrrhic victory for Zuma's supporters in the ruling African National Congress, the outcome is a clear loss for the rest of the country. Tuesday's vote was instigated by the opposition last spring, after Zuma fired his respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, causing a plunge in the...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
South Africa President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence, as ruling ANC party lawmakers stuck by their leader despite growing divisions and fierce criticism of his rule. Baleka Mbete, the Speaker of parliament, announced that the motion had been defeated, with 177 votes supporting and 198 votes against it.
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
A parliamentary vote of no confidence in South African President Jacob Zuma will be held by secret ballot, it was announced Monday, in a move that could encourage some ANC lawmakers to choose to oust him. The vote to be held Tuesday has become a test of African National Congress (ANC) unity as senior party figures have been increasingly critical of their leader -- but it is unlikely to succeed in toppling Zuma. "Voting on the motion of no confidence...
(Washington Post 08/08/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma is set to learn Tuesday whether he still enjoys the loyalty of his African National Congress as Parliament geared up for an unprecedented secret ballot on whether it still has confidence in his rule. While Zuma has survived at least five parliamentary votes seeking to remove him from office since becoming president in 2009, never before have Parliament members been allowed to vote anonymously. Zuma’s ANC dominates the Parliament with nearly 250 out of 400...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Protesters blocked roads with burning tyres and rocks on Tuesday in a show of opposition to President Jacob Zuma hours before the South African parliament was due to vote on a no-confidence motion which could force him to step down. Newspaper headlines reflected the high stakes at play -- "JZ's moment of truth" read The Star, while The Sowetan declared: "High Noon for Zuma". Zuma, who has held power since 2009, has struggled to fend off opposition accusations of corruption...

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