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Terrorism charge for suspect in South Africa Parliament fire

Jan. 11, 2022 09:55 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A homeless man accused of setting a fire that destroyed part of South Africa's historic Parliament complex was charged with terrorism Tuesday and sent to a psychiatric hospital for a month for assessment. Zandile Mafe, 49, appeared in a courtroom in...

South Africa's ruling party must regain support, says leader

Jan. 08, 2022 09:59 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the ruling party, the African National Congress, must work to regain popular support after being embroiled in corruption scandals and divided by bitter factional rivalries. Marking the ANC's 110th anniversary...

South Africa's ruling party marks birthday amid divisions

Jan. 07, 2022 03:02 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, is to celebrate its 110th anniversary this weekend amid deep divisions, graft allegations and broad challenges that saw it perform dismally in local government elections last year. The anniversary...

South Africa's president is urged to root out corruption

Jan. 05, 2022 12:37 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is challenged to take decisive action against the corruption that has been documented in a judicial report presented to him and made public, according to experts. The damning findings by the state commission of inquiry —...

South African leader gets first part of corruption report

Jan. 04, 2022 13:09 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has received the first part of a report on corruption from a judicial investigation into President Jacob Zuma’s tenure from 2009 to 2018. Receiving the report, Ramaphosa described it as a “defining moment” in South...

African leaders hail Tutu, but many don't follow his lead

Dec. 30, 2021 02:43 AM EST

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — African leaders are paying tribute to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for his fearless campaign that helped end South Africa's brutal apartheid regime and bring democracy to the country. But many of the same leaders have remained silent about the late Nobel...

Ex-South African leader Zuma can appeal return to jail

Dec. 21, 2021 08:29 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be allowed to appeal a court ruling that ordered him back to jail to serve the remainder of his sentence, a judge ruled Tuesday. Zuma, 80, had been released on medical parole earlier this year, but the Gauteng High...

South African court orders ex-president Zuma back to prison

Dec. 15, 2021 09:24 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court has ordered that former President Jacob Zuma should go back to prison after withdrawing the medical parole given to him earlier this year. Zuma was released from prison in September after serving about two months of his...

Booker winner Damon Galgut laments South Africa's gloom

Nov. 09, 2021 09:30 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — South African author Damon Galgut has mixed feelings. This has been a great week for him, a good month for African writers — and a terrible year, he says, for his country, blighted by pandemic and corruption. Galgut won the Booker Prize for fiction on...

A landmark as South Africa's ANC dips below 50% support

Nov. 05, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's ruling African National Congress party has received less than 50% of votes in nationwide elections for the first time, emphatically confirming the declining popularity of the once-revered organization that was led by Nelson Mandela and freed the...