Latest South Africa government News

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...

Mugabe's anti-colonial rage fueled long reign over Zimbabwe

Sep. 8, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Robert Mugabe had just made a furious speech against Zimbabwe's LGBT community, calling them "worse than pigs and dogs." As he was about to get into his limousine, I asked, "Are you saying that gays in Zimbabwe have no legal rights?" He glared at me and responded irately: "They have no...

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,"...

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...

South African court restricts displays of apartheid-era flag

Aug. 21, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's Equality Court on Wednesday restricted the display of the country's old apartheid-era flag, ruling that its gratuitous use amounts to hate speech and racial discrimination. Judge Phineas Mojapelo said the ruling was not a complete ban, saying use of the flag is protected...

Ex-Mozambican finance minister remains in South African jail

Aug. 13, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang will remain in a South African jail until October when a South African High Court will hear the case to extradite him to the U.S. Chang was arrested in South Africa in December last year on the request of U.S. prosecutors who alleged that...

South Africa says unemployment at highest level in a decade

Jul. 30, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says unemployment has reached its highest level in a decade at 29%. Second-quarter figures released Tuesday show the number of unemployed rose by 573,000 over the past year, with only 21,000 jobs created. It is the latest grim report for Africa's most developed economy,...