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South African president launches vaccine manufacturing plant

Jan. 19, 2022 09:35 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has opened a new vaccine manufacturing facility that he says will boost the country's capacity to make its own inoculations for diseases including COVID-19. The plant in Cape Town — a partnership between a U.S.-based...

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...

Firefighters finally leave South Africa Parliament complex

Jan. 06, 2022 07:58 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Firefighters have left South Africa's Parliament complex and handed over responsibility for it to police four days after a major blaze destroyed the main chamber of the country's national legislature, authorities said Thursday. A man suspected of...

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...

Suspect in South Africa's Parliament fire appears in court

Jan. 04, 2022 05:57 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The man suspected of starting the fire that gutted South Africa's parliament buildings appeared in court Tuesday and will remain in custody pending a bail hearing. Zandile Christmas Mafe faces several charges including arson, theft, housebreaking and...

Fire reignites at South Africa's Parliament in Cape Town

Jan. 03, 2022 12:17 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The fire that has already destroyed South Africa's main Parliament chamber flared up again Monday about 36 hours after it started in the 130-year-old complex of historic buildings, authorities said. Firefighters have been sent back to the Parliament...

Fire ravages South Africa's historic Parliament complex

Jan. 02, 2022 11:52 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A major fire ripped through South Africa's 138-year-old Parliament complex on Sunday, gutting offices and causing some ceilings to collapse at a site that has hosted some of the country's pivotal moments. As firefighters struggled to tame the blaze, a dark plume of...