Saturday 21 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/17)
OHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has given President Jacob Zuma until Nov. 30 to make submissions before it decides whether to reinstate 783 corruption charges filed against him before he became president, it said on Friday. The Supreme Court of Appeal last Friday upheld a High Court ruling to reinstate the charges against Zuma. They were set aside in April 2009 by the then-head of the NPA, paving the way for Zuma to run for president later that year. The ruling by the appeals court amplified calls for Zuma, 75, to step down before his term as president ends in 2019.
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
The ANC has held power in South Africa since Nelson Mandela won the first post-apartheid elections in 1994, but the battle to be its new leader threatens to split the party apart. Rivalries are intensifying within the African National Congress ahead of a conference in December when delegates will choose the party chief to succeed Jacob Zuma, who will remain the national president. For months, the divisive contest was a two-horse race between deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, a wealthy former businessman, and Zuma's ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa's former home affairs minister. The vote threatens to permanently break up the ANC, which united many black South Africans...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma sacked a vocal critic from his cabinet on Tuesday, a move set to deepen tensions before the ANC chooses a new party leader in December. In his second reshuffle this year, Zuma dropped higher education minister Blade Nzimande, a veteran member of the South African Communist Party, which is a key political ally within the ruling ANC alliance. The SACP hit back at the "authoritarianism" of Zuma, who the SACP has repeatedly called to resign over corruption scandals. "This is an act of provocation," the party's deputy secretary general Solly Mapaila told reporters.
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Abuja (Nigeria) - The former South African President, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, has urged African leaders to emulate Obasanjo in preserving African heritage. Speaking during his visit to the Presidential Library (OOPL) of Nigerian former leader Olusegu Obasanjo in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in south-western Nigeria, Mbeki challenged other ex-African leaders to replicate same in their countries. Mbeki, who served as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008, was accompanied by Mr. Darkey Africa, the Consul General of South Africa in Nigeria, was conducted round the various departments of the library complex.
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that President Jacob Zuma can face prosecution on almost 800 charges of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal. Zuma had lodged a challenge at the court in Bloemfontein after a lower court decided in 2016 to reinstate charges that were previously dropped by prosecutors. The National Prosecuting Authority must now decide whether to pursue a prosecution. "The reasons for discontinuing the prosecution... do not bear scrutiny," said Supreme Court judge...
(APA 10/13/17)
APA-Pretoria (South Africa) - South Africa's Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling that a 2009 decision by state prosecutors to drop the charges against President Jacob Zuma was wrong, a development that paves the way for his prosecution over a litany of corruption charges relating to a 1990s arms deal. Zuma had appealed against a ruling handed last year by the High Court to reinstate charges relating to a 1999 case against him that had previously been dropped...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
A South African court will rule Thursday on whether the suspicious 1971 death of an apartheid-era activist in custody was suicide, as police officers claimed, or actually a regime killing. For many, the case -- the culmination of a relentless campaign by the activist's family -- has brought back raw memories of apartheid. Ahmed Timol, a 29-year-old campaigner against white-minority rule, was arrested in Johannesburg and after five days in detention he died after plummeting from the city's police headquarters. Officers at the time said he took his own life -- a verdict endorsed by an inquest.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/04/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A senior official in South Africa’s ruling ANC said on Wednesday the party must act against those involved in corruption, and that the issue was damaging its image. Zweli Mkhize, seen as a potential candidate to replace President Jacob Zuma as African National Congress head at a party conference in December, made the remarks at a mining conference in Johannesburg. Mining executives, bankers and investors have all expressed growing concern about governance in Africa’s most industrialized economy. Zuma, who must step down after a general election in 2019, is the focus of numerous corruption allegations, making the issue a touchstone...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned to South Africa on Tuesday for the first time since his wife claimed diplomatic immunity over allegedly assaulting a model in a Johannesburg hotel room. Mugabe, 93, was not accompanied by his wife Grace as he met President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria, six weeks after the alleged attack sparked diplomatic tension between the two neighbours. Mugabe used his opening remarks at the talks to stress the close relations between Zimbabwe and South Africa, but did not mention the incident. "Had we had a say in the choice of a neighbour, we would have chosen you," he said, to laughter from ministers on both sides.
(Bloomberg 09/28/17)
As the battle to succeed South African President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress grows increasingly fractious, party Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize is emerging as a possible compromise choice to keep the continent’s oldest political movement from tearing itself apart. While the race for the top job is widely seen as a head-to-head contest between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the president’s ex-wife and former chairwoman of the African Union Commission, Mkhize, a 61-year-old medical doctor, has two advantages: he’s stayed above the infighting and has strong support in his home region of KwaZulu-Natal, which has the most ANC members of the nation’s nine provinces.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/28/17)
South Africa's political parties should be required to disclose the source of their funding, a court ruled on Wednesday, potentially exposing the patronage networks that have influenced power in the two decades since apartheid. The ruling by the Western Cape High Court, which orders parliament to amend access-to-information laws, comes against opposition from some parties who fear disclosure could jeopardize funding. Judge Yasmin Meer said in court papers that disclosure of the private funding of political parties and independent candidates...
(AFP (eng) 09/27/17)
Thousands of angry South African trade unionists took to the streets across the nation on Wednesday to call for President Jacob Zuma to resign over alleged top-level corruption. In Johannesburg roughly 2,000 members of the COSATU trade union federation, South Africa's largest, marched armed with "Zuma must go, corruption is a crime against humanity" placards. They accuse Zuma of massive looting of state resources and collusion with the influential Gupta business family who are at the centre of many of the graft allegations against the president. COSATU...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
South Africa’s biggest labor organization urged workers to strike on Wednesday to protest against what it called “the cancer of corruption” spreading among business and government leaders and threatening the nation’s democracy under President Jacob Zuma. The action is the boldest step yet by the Congress of South African Trade Unions to pile pressure on Zuma, whom it helped to win control of the ruling African National Congress in 2007 and then turned against after he fired Pravin Gordhan as...
(Bloomberg 09/26/17)
David Mabuza, premier of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, said the ruling African National Congress needs to coalesce around a unifying candidate at a December conference where leaders will be elected to end infighting that is damaging the party. Factions backing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former head of the African Union and an ex-wife of South African President Jacob Zuma, and Cyril Ramaphosa, the country’s deputy president, are “far apart,” Mabuza said on Monday on The Justice Factor, a program screened by...
(Times Live 09/26/17)
Activities at schools, municipalities and mines are expected to be disrupted on Wednesday as Cosatu affiliates strike and march against state capture and corruption. The disruption is aimed at making the ANC deal with workers' concerns about the looting of state coffers. The labour federation will be holding another protest march next month over job losses that are a result of state capture. Cosatu supporters will march on city halls, banks, the Chamber of Mines, Eskom and the offices of...
(Times Live 09/26/17)
Disaster management teams in KwaZulu-Natal have been placed on stand-by following a warning that heavy rains are expected to continue to lash the province this week. Nomusa Dube-Ncube‚ MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta)‚ assured communities‚ particularly those living in low-lying areas in the eastern and northern parts of the province‚ that disaster management was ready to deal with any reported incidents that could arise from the rain. She also urged residents to be cautious on the roads...
(Mail & Guardian 09/25/17)
South Africa’s governing African National Congress is caught between the mythological monsters Scylla and Charybdis as it heads towards its crucial 54th national elective conference in December. In choosing its new leader the party’s factions could push its leadership succession battle to a finale that produces a credible winner and leads to the party’s purported self-correction. But the process could just as easily split the party further and damage its already dented 2019 electoral prospects. Either way, the ANC of...
(News24 09/25/17)
The SABC has apologised for “demeaning” mistakes made in its news bulletins during its reportage on Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, it said in a statement on Sunday. This follows its apology to Dlamini-Zuma in August when her name was spelt incorrectly, calling her Nkosazana "Mini-Zuma", which was due to “human error”, the broadcaster said. “More recently, one of our news headlines referred to her as an ex-wife, rather than using her name. This was sexist and wrong,” SABC acting group chief...
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, one of the runners in the race for South Africa's ruling party leadership and newly-appointed lawmaker, faces difficulty distancing herself from her tarnished ex-husband President Jacob Zuma. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) veteran is an experienced technocrat who has served as minister under all post-apartheid leaders since the end of white minority rule in 1994. But running for the ANC top job may prove to be her biggest challenge yet, even though she is not tainted by the same corruption scandals that have defined Zuma's term in office.

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