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FILE — In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 file photo police clash with protesters outside the U.N. refugee agency's offices in Cape Town, South Africa.  The Home Affairs Ministry says that, as of Jan. 1 2020, South Africa can strip refugees of their status if they engage in any political activity related to their home countries.(AP Photo, File)

South Africa to strip refugees' status for any political act

Jan. 14, 2020 9:14 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa can now strip refugees of their asylum status if they engage in any political activity related to their home countries, according to a new law that critics call illegal and deeply ironic after the ruling party fought the former apartheid government for years as a liberation...

Lawyers want former South African leader summoned to testify

Jan. 14, 2020 7:46 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lawyers with a South African probe into corruption in government and state-owned companies are applying to have former President Jacob Zuma summoned to testify before it. Zuma abandoned his testimony at the commission in July, objecting to the line of questioning. He then missed two...

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gestures as they pose for a photo prior to their talks at the Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Ethiopia PM asks South Africa leader to help in dam dispute

Jan. 12, 2020 8:50 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister has asked South Africa's president to intervene in his country's dispute with Egypt over a massive dam project on the Nile River, set to be Africa’s largest hydraulic dam. During a visit to South Africa on Sunday, Abiy Ahmed said President Cyril...

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, right, talks with African National Congress (ANC) president and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the party's 108th birthday celebrations in Kimberley, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo)

South African president vows to end widespread power cuts

Jan. 11, 2020 8:11 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's frequent power cuts and ailing economy have overshadowed the ruling African National Congress party's 108th anniversary festivities. Far from being a celebratory speech to the party faithful, President Cyril Ramaphosa's address Saturday focused on the serious problem of...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019 file photo, former South African President Jacob Zuma appears in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Zuma, who was not in court has filed through his lawyers on Friday Nov. 22, 2019, to appeal a court ruling that cleared the way for him to be prosecuted for corruption. (Michele Spatari/Pool via AP, File)

Ex-South African leader files leave to appeal in graft case

Nov. 22, 2019 6:53 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has filed notice to appeal a court ruling that cleared the way for him to be prosecuted for corruption. Zuma’s lawyers are arguing in Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday to be granted leave to appeal. The court had dismissed his...