Latest Cyril Ramaphosa News

Harry and Meghan make 1st official tour as family in Africa

Sep. 20, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, along with their infant son, Archie, are set to take their first official tour as a family, starting Monday in a troubled South Africa whose president says women and children are "under siege" by shocking violence. South Africa is still shaken by the...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe honored at state funeral, burial delayed

Sep. 14, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — African heads of state joined thousands of Zimbabweans at a state funeral Saturday for Zimbabwe's founding president, Robert Mugabe , whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains. More than 10 African leaders and several...

South African leader drops UN visit as women protest attacks

Sep. 13, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president on Friday canceled a visit to the United Nations' annual gathering of world leaders this month to focus on unrest over gender-based violence and xenophobic attacks, while women held another protest to express their fears. Hundreds gathered outside the...

Correction: AF-Obit-Robert-Mugabe story

Sep. 9, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about the death of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mugabe was "the first post-colonial leader of what had been British-controlled Rhodesia." In fact, a white minority government in what was then known as...

The Latest: UN chief lauds Mugabe role in fighting apartheid

Sep. 6, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the death of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe (all times local): 9:30 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says Robert Mugabe's "role in securing the independence of Zimbabwe and the fight against apartheid are key parts of his legacy." According to U.N....

South Africa shuts embassies in Nigeria amid violence

Sep. 5, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has closed its diplomatic missions in Nigeria, underscoring the growing strain between Africa's two largest economies after the latest wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said Thursday. The department said...

South Africa vows crackdown on violence against women

Sep. 5, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa vowed Thursday to crack down on perpetrators of violence against women, after thousands of protesters gathered on the streets of central Cape Town this week demanding the government address the issue. "It is a crime against our common humanity,"...

Nigerians attack South African businesses in retaliation

Sep. 4, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — South African-owned businesses operating in Nigeria are being targeted with violence in retaliation for xenophobic attacks carried out against Africans working in South Africa. Police in South African arrested more than 100 people in five areas impacted by days of violence in...

South Africans rally against gender-based violence

Sep. 4, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Police fired a water cannon at demonstrators who gathered in Cape Town Wednesday demanding the government crack down on gender-based violence, as several recent and brutal murders of young South African women have gripped the nation. Protesters gathered, some with mouths taped shut,...

South African police arrest 90 as unrest in cities continues

Sep. 3, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president condemned days of widespread looting and arson attacks on foreign-owned businesses across Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria, calling the violence "totally unacceptable." "We are a country that is completely committed against xenophobia," President Cyril...