South Africa: Mixed reviews follow Ramaphosa’s ANC win

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…

SA opposition leader defies ANC and Zuma, heads for Israel

South African opposition leader Mmuse Maimane is on a tour of Israel and is expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials, during a visit that defies the African National Congress (ANC) and President Jacob Zuma’s public appeal to avoid travel to Israel. Maimane, head of the…

South Africa: Mashaba accused of hating the poor

Black Like Me founder and Democratic Alliance’s Johannesburg mayoral candidate, Herman Mashaba, has been highly criticized for his comments on leadership. “It is interesting that you can expect poor people to be the leaders. That is looking for trouble, in any given situation,” Mashaba said during an interview with SABC…

South Africa: Facebook post spurring questions on racism

The South African political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has publically condemned the words of Penny Sparrow, the KwaZulu-Natal realtor. Sparrow described black beachgoers on Facebook as “monkeys” in reaction to the rubbish left behind after New Year’s Eve festivities. Before the post was deleted by Sparrow, she had written,…