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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...

Protesting miners stop speech by South Africa's president

May. 01, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa abandoned his Workers’ Day speech in the northwestern city of Rustenburg on Sunday when striking mineworkers stormed the stage. The workers employed by Sibanye-Stillwater mine are demanding a wage increase of...

South Africa likely in new COVID wave, says health minister

Apr. 29, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has likely entered a new wave of COVID-19 earlier than expected as new infections and hospitalizations have risen rapidly over the past two weeks, the country’s health minister said on Friday. The increase in new cases has been dominated by the...

Flooding continues in South Africa's Durban area; 259 dead

Apr. 13, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Flooding in South Africa's Durban area has taken at least 259 lives and is a “catastrophe of enormous proportions,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said Wednesday. “This disaster is part of climate change. It is telling us that climate change is serious, it is...

Corruption trial delayed against South Africa's ex-president

Apr. 11, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The corruption trial in South Africa of former President Jacob Zuma has been postponed again on Monday pending the outcome of the ex-leader's appeal to get the state prosecutor removed from his case. Zuma was not present in the Pietermaritzburg High Court due to...

South Africa's president appoints new chief justice

Mar. 10, 2022 12:34 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Raymond Zondo as the country’s new chief justice. Ramaphosa also said Thursday that Mandisa Maya will be deputy chief justice, the first Black female in that position. The chief justice is...

After fleeing Ukraine, South African students arrive home

Mar. 10, 2022 10:05 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ten South African students who fled Ukraine after Russia’s invasion of that country have arrived home Thursday, with 25 more expected over the next few days. Welcomed by cheering family and friends at O.R Tambo International Airport, the students are among...

Another report alleges corruption by ex-South African leader

Mar. 02, 2022 08:19 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Another damning report into government corruption in South Africa has recommended further investigations and the possible prosecution of former President Jacob Zuma, current and former cabinet ministers and senior leaders of the ruling African National Congress party for...