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South Africa's ANC launches election manifesto as president highlights party's achievements

Feb. 24, 2024 17:30 PM EST

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday highlighted the achievements of his African National Congress, which has ruled the country for all of its 30 years of democrac y, as it heads into a tight race in May's election. Ramaphosa delivered...

Why South Africa is facing a turning point in May's national election and who the major players are

Feb. 24, 2024 13:54 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Polls suggest South Africa will face a historic turning point in a national election in May as the ruling African National Congress could lose its majority for the first time since coming to power in the country's first all-race vote at the end of apartheid in 1994....

South African prosecutors seek extradition orders in the case of $580K stolen from the president

Feb. 23, 2024 12:43 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Prosecutors said Friday they are seeking extradition orders and the arrest of more suspects over the 2020 theft of around $580,000 in U.S. cash that was hidden in a couch at South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's ranch. The theft, which only became...

Erik van Rooyen opens with a 63 in bid to win again in Mexico

Feb. 22, 2024 20:32 PM EST

VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) — Erik van Rooyen made two eagles Thursday on his way to an 8-under 63 for a one-shot lead in the Mexico Open at Vidanta, a strong start in his bid to win a second PGA Tour title in Mexico in the last four months. Van Rooyen hit 3-iron to 6 feet for eagle on...

A ship carrying 19,000 cattle caused a big stink in the South African city of Cape Town

Feb. 20, 2024 15:55 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — What stinks? Authorities in Cape Town launched an investigation Monday after a foul stench swept over the South African city. City officials inspected sewage facilities for leaks and an environmental health team was activated before the...

South Africa sets May 29 elections that could be the most pivotal since apartheid ended

Feb. 20, 2024 15:37 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa will hold pivotal national elections May 29 as polls show the ruling African National Congress could lose its majority for the first time since it came to power with the fall of apartheid 30 years ago. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced...

Pressure mounts on South Africa's ruling party as unemployment rises again ahead of election

Feb. 20, 2024 08:02 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's unemployment rate, already the highest in the world, rose to 32.1% in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to official government figures released on Tuesday. The Quarterly Labor Force Survey reported that the number of unemployed...

South Africa tells top UN court that it's accusing Israel of apartheid against Palestinians

Feb. 20, 2024 06:21 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — South Africa argued at the United Nations' top court on Tuesday that Israel is responsible for apartheid against the Palestinians and that Israel's occupation of land sought for a Palestinian state is “inherently and fundamentally illegal.” Israel rejects such...

South Africa's main opposition party lays out plans to unseat the African National Congress

Feb. 17, 2024 09:38 AM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Hundreds of South Africans gathered in the capital Saturday to show support for the country’s biggest opposition party as it prepares for a much-anticipated national election in which it hopes to wrest control of the government from the ruling African National...

African leaders condemn Israel's offensive in Gaza

Feb. 17, 2024 11:39 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Leaders at an African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Saturday condemned Israel’s offensive in Gaza and called for its immediate end. Moussa Faki, the chair of the African Union Commission, said Israel’s offensive was the...