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President Ramaphosa pledges ‘new dawn’ for South Africa

New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken of a “new dawn” in his first State of the Nation address. Mr Ramaphosa, who was sworn in on Thursday, promised to “turn the tide of corruption”. He also spoke of accelerating land redistribution and outlined plans to boost the economy and create jobs. His predecessor, Jacob Zuma, stepped down on Wednesday ...

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Akufo-Addo congratulates SA’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Akufo-Addo has congratulated South Africa’s new President, Cyril Ramaphosa. He said Ramaphosa’s election is “well-deserved” and “a vindication of the trust and confidence reposed in you by the Members of the Parliament of South Africa, and by your great party, the African National Congress (ANC).” Akufo-Addo said he was hopeful of a close working relationship with Cyril Ramaphosa to “improve the ...

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Forcing out Jacob Zuma; a lazy approach to corruption fight [Article]

When Obama said that Africa needs strong institutions, at no point was he implying that we need strong institutions to deal with only the weak in society. His recommended institutions are ones that have the capacity to deal with both the privileged and the under-privileged in order to get rid of all cankers we are struggling with. Publicly forcing Jacob ...

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Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa’s President

Jacob Zuma has resigned as South Africa’s President. Mr. Zuma at a press conference on Thursday night, said his resignation takes immediate effect. The 75-year-old has recently come under serious criticism by his party, the African National Congress (ANC). His decision comes as a surprise to many as he had declared a few hours to that press conference in an ...

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South Africa: ANC decides Zuma must resign

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign, a senior party official has confirmed. The decision to “recall” him “urgently” followed marathon talks of the ANC’s top leadership body. Mr Zuma, 75, agreed to step down, but only in the next three to six months, the official added. Mr Zuma, who has been ...

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ANC leaders meet to decide on President Jacob Zuma’s future

Leaders of South Africa’s governing ANC party are due to meet to decide the future of President Jacob Zuma. The National Executive Committee (NEC) is likely to ask him to step down, says BBC Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Sunday that the issue was causing “disunity and discord”. Mr Zuma, 75, faces a number of ...

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South Africa’s ‘Doom Pastor’ found guilty of assault

A South African self-styled prophet who sprayed his followers with the insecticide, Doom, has been found guilty of assault, local media report. Lethebo Rabalago – widely known as the Doom Pastor – was also found guilty of contravening the Agricultural Stock Remedies Act, a court ruling said. Rabalago claims the insect repellent he used in 2016 could heal cancer and ...

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South Africa’s Jacob Zuma could quit within days – ANC

South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is holding direct talks with embattled President Jacob Zuma over a transfer of power. Mr Ramaphosa, who heads South Africa’s governing party, said both he and Mr Zuma understood the need for a speedy resolution. He said the pair aim to conclude talks on the president’s future within days. It is being ...

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South Africa: ANC holds ‘fruitful’ talks with President Zuma

South Africa’s governing party, the ANC, has postponed a top-level meeting that was expected to decide on President Jacob Zuma’s future. Instead the ANC released a statement saying it had held “fruitful and constructive discussions” with him. Mr Zuma is under growing pressure from members of own party to resign amid corruption allegations. Earlier on Tuesday, parliament took the extraordinary ...

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Zuma to know fate of corruption case in February

South Africa’s prosecuting authority says that its boss will announce whether to go ahead with 18 charges of corruption against President Jacob Zuma before the end of the month. The charges stem from an arms deal in the late 1990s, and include allegations of corruption, fraud, racketeering, and money laundering. The charges were dropped in 2009 but last October the ...

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