Ramaphosa’s Ramadan message makes note of mosque attack

Ramaphosa’s Ramadan message makes note of mosque attack

As Ramadan begins, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa extended well-wishes to the country’s Muslim community while keeping in mind those grieving in Verulam, which has seen a Shia mosque attacked in recent days. “The importance and benefits of this holy month of fasting, piety and charity extends beyond the lives…

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies in South Africa

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies in South Africa

South Africans mourned on Monday the loss of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the apartheid-era leader of the country’s struggle for justice and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela. Madikizela-Mandela, 81, died at a Johannesburg hospital where she had been treated over the last year for chronic illness, the family said in…

Ramaphosa talks trade as Chinese envoy visits

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday welcomed Yang Jiechi, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping of China, as he opened a two-day official visit in Cape Town. Ramaphosa said the re-election of President Xi presented an opportunity for South Africa to deepen its strategic cooperation with China at a…

SA: ‘Reasonable prospect’ of success as Zuma faces 16 charges

Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face 16 charges on fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering tied to a 1990s-era arms deal that has haunted his political career for years. The decision announced Friday by National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams reinstates charges originally filed against Zuma…

Ramaphosa’s reset: Don’t pour cold water on this moment

In a State of the Nation speech that included a nod to the late South African musician Hugh Masekela, the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa promised a new beginning rooted in hope and a chance to move beyond the economic and political crises of recent years. “I wanna be there when…

Laureen Fagan

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President Zuma resigns in South Africa

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has resigned, a decision he delivered in a message to the nation on Wednesday evening in Pretoria. Zuma has resisted pressure from the African National Congress as his party called for him to step down, and claimed to be unmoved by plans for a…

ANC denies rumors of impending Zuma resignation, immunity

South Africa remains on edge over the future of President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC), leading to speculation and rumors including word of a Zuma resignation as early as Saturday. Some reports that emerged from Thursday’s closed-door ANC Parliamentary Caucus meeting were quickly refuted by the party….

ANC weighs Zuma’s future, lawmakers draft impeachment rules

South Africa’s African National Congress is following a decision-making process on the future of President Jacob Zuma, but has not reached a conclusion to force his removal, the party secretary said at a press briefing in Johannesburg on Monday. Ace Magashule confirmed that the matter was discussed during the ANC’s…

South Africa: Mixed reviews follow Ramaphosa’s ANC win

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa has been named president of the African National Congress, after edging out Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in voting results released Monday. He replaces embattled President Jacob Zuma in the ANC leadership role, a move that takes Ramaphosa, now serving as deputy president, one step closer in the run-up…