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South African president decries deaths of 21 teens in tavern

Jul. 06, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — The deaths of 21 teenagers in a nightclub tragedy is a crime and South African officials must increase steps to prevent alcohol from being illegally sold to youths, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Wednesday. “We do not know yet...

South African president to attend funeral for 21 teenagers

Jul. 05, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to attend the funeral in East London Wednesday for 21 teenagers who died in a mysterious tragedy at a tavern almost two weeks ago. A large tent has been erected for the service, which is expected to be...

South African leader gets final chapter of corruption report

Jun. 22, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has received the final chapter of a report on an extensive judicial investigation into corruption. Chief Justice Raymond Zondo handed over the last installment of the report, reportedly 1,000 pages long, to Ramaphosa. The...

EXPLAINER: The scandal engulfing South Africa's president

Jun. 17, 2022 04:19 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa could face criminal charges and is already facing calls to step down over claims that he tried to cover up the theft of millions of dollars in U.S. currency that was hidden inside furniture at his game farm. The...

South African president dodges questions on theft scandal

Jun. 10, 2022 13:25 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Embroiled in controversy, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday refused to answer questions about his alleged cover-up of a theft of large amounts of cash from his farm, saying only that he will appear before his party's integrity committee over the...

South African president grilled in Parliament on farm theft

Jun. 09, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was confronted in Parliament Thursday by opposition politicians who pressed him to step down from office pending a criminal investigation into allegations that he covered up a theft from his rural game farm. Parliament...

Dubai arrests 2 Gupta brothers over South African fraud case

Jun. 07, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai police said Tuesday they arrested two brothers from the Gupta family, wanted over allegedly looting state money with former South African President Jacob Zuma. The arrest of Atul and Rajesh Gupta, who had lived for years in the sheikhdom,...

South Africa's president faces probe over unreported theft

Jun. 06, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing a criminal investigation after a revelation that he failed to report the theft of about $4 million in cash from his farm in northern Limpopo province. An account of the theft is contained in an affidavit by the...

German chancellor discusses Ukraine war in South Africa

May. 24, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's neutral stance on Russia's war in Ukraine was a major topic of conversation as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets Tuesday with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, to end his three-nation tour of Africa. Speaking to the press in South...

South Africa's president confronted by daunting challenges

May. 04, 2022 07:03 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Shouted down by angry mineworkers, defied within his party over his anti-corruption drive, derided as ineffective by the opposition — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces daunting political challenges. Ramaphosa, 69, has responded with a calm...