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South Africa's ex-president says he was unfairly imprisoned

Oct. 14, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma claims he was sent to prison in July because the country’s justice system is unfair. Zuma addressed his supporters on Thursday through an audio message at a prayer event in Durban, where many of...

Report: Corruption at S Africa health ministry during COVID

Sep. 29, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A report into dealings by senior officials at South Africa's health ministry during the coronavirus pandemic was made public Wednesday, revealing corruption, fraud and the misappropriation of millions of dollars meant to aid the fight against COVID-19. ...

Zuma's trial postponed until October in South Africa

Sep. 22, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The corruption trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma was postponed until Oct. 26 while the judge considers a plea from Zuma's lawyer that the prosecution team be dismissed from the case for being biased. Zuma wasn't present for the...

Ex-South African president absent at corruption trial

Sep. 21, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma did not attend a hearing in his corruption trial Tuesday, prompting prosecutors to question his absence and ask the judge to examine his medical records. Zuma was released from an unrelated 15-month jail...

South Africa: Top court upholds ex-president's jail sentence

Sep. 17, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's highest court on Friday denied an application by former president Jacob Zuma to rescind his sentence of 15 months in jail for contempt of court in a ruling viewed as a stern test of the country's resolve to hold powerful figures to account. ...

Despite COVID-19, South Africa to hold key local polls

Sep. 14, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — After uncertainty if COVID-19 would force South Africa to postpone local government elections, the courts have ruled that the crucial polls should move ahead. Despite concerns about political rallies spreading the disease, South Africa's courts...

South African riots to cost $1.7 billion in insurance claims

Sep. 08, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rioting that erupted in parts of South Africa in July over former President Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment caused damage worth $1.7 billion (25 billion rand), according to the state insurance company handling the claims. More than 300 people died...

South African president testifies at inquiry into corruption

Aug. 11, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said he tried to combat corruption he saw as the country's deputy president during former President Jacob Zuma’s controversial time in power. Ramaphosa, testifying at a judicial investigation...

South Africa's jailed ex-President Jacob Zuma in hospital

Aug. 06, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's imprisoned former President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital for observation near the Estcourt Correctional Center where he is currently serving a 15-month sentence, the government announced on Friday. Zuma is in prison for...

South Africans protest killings in Durban suburb in rioting

Aug. 05, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Supporters of South Africa’s leftist opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, on Thursday demonstrated against the killings of 36 people in Phoenix, a suburb of Durban, during the recent violent riots in KwaZulu-Natal province. More than...