December 24, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's elder statesman, Nelson Mandela, will spend Christmas in the hospital, with authorities announcing that doctors have no plans to discharge the former president. Mandela, 94, South Africa's first black president, has been hospitalized since Dec. 8, his longest stay since he was released from prison in 1993. He originally was hospitalized for a lung infection but also has had surgery for gallstones. Authorities have offered scant day-to-day information about Mandela's illness.
December 18, 2012 |
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - President Jacob Zuma, who has come under criticism as an ineffective leader of South Africa, was reelected Tuesday for a second term as head of the ruling African National Congress. After the party conference vote, Zuma, a controversial figure who has faced numerous scandals, including the use of public money for renovations to his house and corruption charges that were inexplicably dropped in 2009, called for unity and belted out a song. Delegates clad in made-in-China ANC outfits sang, danced, stomped and videorecorded one another with their cellphones.
December 16, 2012 |
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Defending his government's record and calling for an end to corruption, South African President Jacob Zuma addressed the opening session of the ruling African National Congress' national conference, at which he expected to comfortably be returned to party leadership. Zuma faces competition from Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, for the leadership post, which essentially determines who will be the South African president after elections in 2014. But he appeared confident of maintaining power Sunday, as the hall erupted with deafening cheers and battle songs during his appearance, at which he wore a leather jacket in the ANC colors of yellow, green and black.
December 2, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Political analyst Mark Gevisser described South African President Jacob Zuma's term in one word: "Disastrous. " He's "the worst leader the ANC has ever had. He's a lost cause. He merely fights to save his own skin and to stay out of jail," another analyst, Justice Malala, wrote in October. The South African president is under such vitriolic attack within and without his African National Congress party that the Communist Party in his home province called for a law to protect his "dignity" and restrain his critics.
September 18, 2012 |
ETWATWA, South Africa — The news that police killed 34 strikers at a platinum mine last month brought back painful memories for residents of this shantytown near Johannesburg — not of the apartheid era, but of more recent confrontations here with police. Residents angered by the inability of the government to improve their lives were summoned to the office of the local councilor, a stalwart of the African National Congress, they recalled. The official promised to put their names on a list for new housing.
May 31, 2012 |
The South African art gallery that displayed an explicit painting of President Jacob Zuma has removed the offending work of art, according to The Times' World Now blog. The decision was made amid a climate of protest and escalating social unrest surrounding the painting, which depicts Zuma with his genitals exposed. The Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg had displayed "The Spear," by artist Brett Murray, as part of a group show devoted to politically satirical art. Zuma had gone to court in reaction to the exhibit, claiming in a lawsuit that the painting violated his right to dignity and demanding the gallery remove it. The controversy reached a fever pitch in the last couple of weeks.