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In South Africa, a community struggling for clean water reflects wider discontent ahead of election

May. 23, 2024 14:58 PM EDT

HAMMANSKRAAL, South Africa (AP) — On days when a municipal truck comes to Hammanskraal to deliver drinking water, a queue of South Africans starts forming early in the morning to fill their buckets. This is not a distant, rural community, but a township on the edge of the...

South Africa election: How Mandela's once revered ANC lost its way with infighting and scandals

May. 22, 2024 01:21 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — For years, the African National Congress rose above politics in South Africa. It was a movement dedicated to freeing Black people from the oppression of white minority rule and to the lofty principle of democracy, equality and a better life for all South Africans. ...

Who is Jacob Zuma, the former South African president disqualified from next week's election?

May. 20, 2024 08:03 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma was barred Monday from running for Parliament in next week's national election over a previous criminal conviction, the latest twist in his return to politics. The decision by the country’s highest court, the...

South Africa's election could bring a defining moment — and new complications. Here's what to know

May. 17, 2024 13:08 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's election will determine how weary the country has become of the ruling African National Congress party, which has been in power since the end of the apartheid system of white minority rule 30 years ago. President Cyril Ramaphosa and the...

South Africa braces for what may be a milestone election. Here is a guide to the main players

May. 15, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — After 30 years of dominating South African politics, the ruling African National Congress will face its toughest election this month as most opinion polls predict it will lose its parliamentary majority for the first time. Once admired under the...

A campaign ad by a South African party showing a burning flag is called treason by the president

May. 10, 2024 09:58 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A campaign video for South Africa’s opposition party showing the country’s flag in flames has stoked tensions just weeks ahead of national elections that are seen as the most pivotal since the end of the apartheid system of racial segregation 30 years ago. ...

Today in History: May 9, Nelson Mandela chosen to lead South Africa

May. 09, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, May 9, the 130th day of 2024. There are 236 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 9, 1994, South Africa’s newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first Black...

Today in History: May 2, Nelson Mandela claims victory in first democratic South Africa elections

May. 02, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, May 2, the 123rd day of 2024. There are 243 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 2, 1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the wake of South Africa’s first democratic elections; President...

It's 30 years since apartheid ended. South Africa's celebrations are set against growing discontent

Apr. 27, 2024 14:25 PM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa marked 30 years since the end of apartheid and the birth of its democracy with a ceremony in the capital Saturday that included a 21-gun salute and the waving of the nation's multicolored flag. But any sense of celebration on the momentous...

South Africa remembers an historic election every April 27. Here's why this year is so poignant

Apr. 27, 2024 01:38 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africans celebrate their “Freedom Day” every April 27, when they remember their country's pivotal first democratic election in 1994 that announced the official end of the racial segregation and oppression of apartheid. Saturday is the 30th...