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Jacob Zuma's About-turn Suggests South Africa Faces Another Unhinged Political Year

The Conversation Africa | Posted 02.08.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Why now? Will he really #PayBackTheMoney? How much of it will he pay back? These are some of the questions on the lips of many South Africans.

Why Is Everyone so Mad About President Zuma Firing His Finance Minister?

The Conversation Africa | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
The Conversation Africa

A fine technocrat who did not wear his position on his sleeve, and known for tapping into his soft power of persuasion, Nhlanhla Nene has now been shunted out of South Africa's National Treasury.

LISTEN: Inside South Africa's Inexplicable Love Affair with China

Eric Olander | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Eric Olander

On one level, the relationship makes total sense: after all this is the world's second largest economy aligning itself with Africa's second largest market. That said, something else just doesn't seem right about how this is all playing out. South Africa appears to be ignoring any sense of caution with its unconditional embrace of China -- both politically and economically.

A New Apartheid: South Africa's Struggle With Immigration

Scott Warren | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Scott Warren

JOHANNESBURG -- Recent violence against immigrants threatens to upset South Africa's international image as a success story. A new apartheid is now being enforced -- one in which foreign nationals instead of black South Africans are treated as second-class citizens.

South Africa's Ruling African National Congress Disgraces Itself

Eric Reeves | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Eric Reeves

Omar al-Bashir was allowed to leave South Africa despite a pending arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court. This reveals the ANC and President Jacob Zuma in particular as falling further into the pit of political corruption and tarnishes South Africa's international standing.

Political Pardons Would Damage the Legacy of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Paul Seils | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Paul Seils

President Zuma should make the climb to the moral high ground currently occupied by the victims. From there he may see more clearly the values that are needed to build the nation.

Reemergence of the African Rat Pack

Freedom House | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
Freedom House

The reemergence of unconditional solidarity among Africa's incumbent leaders is threatening respect for human rights and good governance throughout the continent.

Democracy Wins in South Africa

Barry D. Wood | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Barry D. Wood

The biggest winner in South Africa's May 7th parliamentary election is democracy itself. Twenty years after the first all race ballot, Nelson Mandela's rainbow nation is alive and well in the country of 50 million. The election is a triumph of constitutional government and rule of law.

Is the Clock Running Out for South Africa?

Charlotte Florance | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Florance

While the remarkable and peaceful democratic transition that began in 1994 opened up the political system and dismantled the racist apartheid regime, the country has hit debilitating political and economic roadblocks, potentially derailing the country completely.

When South Africa Called, We Answered

Danny Schechter | Posted 07.02.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

Even as South Africa celebrates its 20th anniversary as a democracy with elections slated for next week, there has never been more rancor and anger in a land we all wanted to see as a true "rainbow nation."

'Marching on Pistorious': Athlete and Democracy On Trial in South Africa

Danny Schechter | Posted 06.11.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

With Nelson Mandela's death, news from South Africa seemed to have died along with the world's most famous ex-political prisoner turned president. It ...

S. African Prez Slammed For $23 Million Home Makeover

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2014 | World

By Ed Cropley PRETORIA, March 19 (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma "benefitted unduly" from a $23 million state-funded s...

South Africans Reinvent Themselves for the 21st Century

Elza S. Maalouf | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Elza S. Maalouf

An interview with a candidate on reigniting Mandela's vision Twenty years after the end of apartheid, South Africa seems to be at a new crossroad. T...

Boo Politics

Drew F. Cohen | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Drew F. Cohen

While the booing incident at Mandela's memorial service was not exactly a turning point for South Africa -- almost no one expects the ANC to lose in the upcoming elections -- it did expose the rest of the world to the souring state of South African politics in the most unflattering manner possible.

Desmond Tutu: HRAC's Person of the Year

Jack Healey | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Tutu was part of a tsunami of change that challenged and toppled the walls of apartheid. But he was not finished then. He has continued to fight onwards to publicize the plight and agitate for positive change.

Zuma Booed At Mandela Memorial

Reuters | Posted 02.09.2014 | World

By David Dolan JOHANNESBURG, Dec 10 (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma was booed and jeered at a memorial to anti-aparthei...

Even With Mandela's Death -- Sloppy Telling of His Life

David Tereshchuk | Posted 02.05.2014 | Media
David Tereshchuk

It does Mandela's life-story no service, nor the movement's -- nor that of sheer historical truth -- to canonize him as some one-sided Man of Peace.

Pope Mourns Mandela

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis paid tribute to Nelson Mandela on Friday, as he joins the world in grieving the death of one of the world's most ardent fighters for equa...

Obama Offers Condolences To South Africa's President

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has offered his condolences to South African President Jacob Zuma (ZOO'-muh) on the death of the Nelson Man...

Why South Africa Is Not Fit to Lead Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.25.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

President Zuma's domestic record have left him open to criticism. Countries such as Angola and Nigeria are finding it hard to refer to South Africa as a regional leader when its own house is in such a state of disrepair.

Obama Tells Leaders To Follow Mandela's Example

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 08.29.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG — Paying tribute to his personal hero, President Barack Obama met privately Saturday with Nelson Mandela's family as the world anxi...

Nelson Mandela In Critical Condition

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 08.23.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG -- Nelson Mandela's health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday. The office of...

Mandela's Health Improving

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 08.16.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG — Former South African President Nelson Mandela is engaging with his family and seeing improvement from the recurring lung infectio...

South African President Gives Update On Mandela's Health

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela began responding better to treatment Wednesday morning for a recurring lung infection following "...

Dancing While Rome Burns: Why South Africa Has Not Had Its Revolution Yet

Estelle Nagel | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Estelle Nagel

Facing the hostile crowd, who had been fed-up, hungry, shot at, and arrested in scores, there was little else he could do. What can you say to the men and women who faced the tragedy, and painstakingly picked up bullet casings? What can you do in response?