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South Africa's ANC says economy, corruption are priorities

Jul. 31, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa says the fight against corruption and work to improve the country’s faltering economy have been endorsed by the ruling African National Congress party in order to improve its declining electoral support. Ramaphosa on...

South Africa's ruling ANC opens policy meeting amid problems

Jul. 29, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party begins its key policy conference on Friday beset by internal divisions and the country’s economic woes. The policy meeting is seen as a preview of the ANC’s December conference where it will elect its...

Leading official of South Africa's ruling ANC party dies

Jul. 17, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to the long-serving deputy secretary-general of his ruling African National Congress party Jessie Duarte, who died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. Duarte, 68, was elected to the leading position in...

Britain's Prince Harry to keynote Mandela day UN celebration

Jul. 16, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry will address the U.N. General Assembly at its annual celebration Monday of Nelson Mandela International Day and is expected to speak about the legacy of the South African anti-apartheid leader who spent 27 years in prison and became his country’s...

Boxing champion belt given to Mandela stolen in South Africa

Jul. 13, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A World Boxing Council championship belt belonging to former South African President Nelson Mandela has been stolen from a museum in Soweto, according to police. The belt was given to Mandela by American boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard during one of his visits...

South Africa police say 15 killed in bar shooting in Soweto

Jul. 10, 2022 23:04 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A mass shooting at a tavern in Johannesburg's Soweto township has killed 15 people and left others in critical condition, according to police. Police say they are investigating reports that a group of men arrived in a minibus taxi and opened fire on some of the...

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...