Latest Cyril Ramaphosa News

South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma must pay legal fees

Apr. 13, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been denied state funding for his legal fees in an upcoming corruption trial and has been ordered to pay back an estimated $2 million in lawyers' charges that he has received over the years. The ruling...

Southern African leaders concerned by Mozambique's rebels

Apr. 08, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Five southern African leaders expressed their concern at the extremist violence in northern Mozambique and said they will consider “a proportionate regional response” at another summit in three weeks. Issuing a communique in Mozambique's capital,...

South Africa bans liquor sales over Easter to prevent surge

Mar. 30, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa will restrict the sale of alcohol and limit the size of religious and social gatherings over Easter to prevent the holiday from contributing to a new surge of COVID-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Tuesday. “Given the role of...

South Africa's ex-president should be jailed, argues lawyer

Mar. 25, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lawyers for a commission investigating corruption in South Africa have asked the country’s highest court to jail former president Jacob Zuma for two years for failing to cooperate with its probe. The commission of inquiry into high-level graft,...

5 die in stampede to view body of Tanzania's Magufuli

Mar. 22, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Five people, including four children, died in a suspected stampede during a public viewing of the body of former Tanzanian President John Magufuli over the weekend, as regional leaders joined Tanzanians to pay their last respects to the controversial leader. ...

Somalia starts first inoculations with AstraZeneca vaccines

Mar. 18, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia launched COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday with the inoculation of the health minister, who received the jab publicly to reassure the nation about its safety. The Horn of Africa nation, which has recently experienced a surge of cases, on...

Hope that South Africa's COVID-19 corruption inspires action

Mar. 18, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — There's some hope in South Africa that this time the outrage against corruption inspires effective action. Public anger over suspect government contracts worth nearly $900 million for the purchase of supplies to fight COVID-19 may finally...

South African ex-president's corruption trial set for May

Feb. 23, 2021 07:37 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial is set to begin in May, more than 16 years after he was first implicated in the graft allegations. Zuma, South Africa's president from 2009 to 2018, is accused of...

South Africa's president fights own party over corruption

Feb. 19, 2021 09:20 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's anti-corruption drive is facing stiff resistance from political foes within his own party, including his predecessor, who is openly defying a ruling from the country's highest court to testify at an inquiry into state graft. ...

A joke, a jab: South Africa starts vaccinating with leader

Feb. 17, 2021 10:51 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Cracking a joke about his fear of needles, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday became one of the first people to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in the country that has by far the highest confirmed virus caseload in Africa. ...