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December 13, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa President Jacob Zuma, the controversial leader facing intense criticism for a $30-million government-paid upgrade to his private house, will face competition next week to remain head of the ruling African National Congress party. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe announced Thursday he would accept a nomination to run against Zuma as president of the ANC. The party vote essentially decides who will be the South African president after 2014 elections, with the ANC politically dominant and seen as certain to win the  the top office.
March 19, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - South African President Jacob Zuma personally benefited from a $23-million state-paid “security” upgrade to his private residence in rural KwaZulu-Natal, according to South Africa's public protector, an official with the duties of an ombudsman. Her findings over a scandal known in South Africa as “Nkandla-gate” -- a reference to the name of Zuma's homestead - are highly damaging to the governing African National Congress with less than two months to an election.
April 12, 1990
Yes, Jeane Kirkpatrick, no one is certain of the extent of ANC popularity and, yes, the ANC has many more similarities to the outlawed Palestine Liberation Organization than with Lech Walesa's Solidarity. Kirkpatrick once again has shown that her American WASP, defenders-of-democracy ideology is alive and well. For nearly a decade U.S. foreign policy has been created by insensitive Ivy League prima donnas, who are so far out of touch with the world that our presidents have no recourse but to adopt a "wait and see" approach to every political crisis that surfaces.
December 15, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
QUNU, South Africa -- As 4,500 dignitaries bid farewell to South African Nelson Mandela at his state funeral Sunday, it was an old prison comrade, Ahmed Kathrada, who conveyed the nation's devastating loss. Mourners including members of the extended family, ANC stalwarts, African leaders and celebrities, started arriving just after dawn at his homestead in Qunu, Eastern Cape. Choked with emotion, Kathrada said he lost a father when anti-apartheid hero Walter Sisulu died. "Now I have lost a brother.
May 16, 2010 | Albie Sachs
In 1983, when Nelson Mandela was in prison and his great friend and legal partner, Oliver Tambo, was leading the African National Congress in exile, I was summoned to the ANC headquarters in Zambia. On my arrival, Tambo told me they had a problem and he hoped that I, as a lawyer in the movement, could help find a solution. The ANC, he said, had captured a number of people sent by Pretoria to infiltrate and destroy the organization, and now the ANC needed regulations on how such captives should be dealt with.
December 2, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
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.
August 17, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Zulus and supporters of the African National Congress fought bloody battles in Soweto township for a second day today, and the ANC said sections of state security were promoting the violence. Police smothered the confrontation zones in central areas of Soweto with tear gas to try to prevent fresh clashes on streets where at least 24 people have been killed in two days.
September 21, 1987 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
As President Pieter W. Botha moves South Africa cautiously toward negotiations on the country's future, the government finds itself, quite unexpectedly, wooing the outlawed African National Congress as a key participant.
December 14, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela, cushioned in the comfortable blur of old age, never knew much about the scandals and corruption that have engulfed the party he believed in and its leader, President Jacob Zuma. What would the old man have thought? Rather than sailing into next year's elections in a sentimental fog of Mandela nostalgia, the African National Congress is finding that its mythologizing of Mandela has left many voters anxious and uncomfortable with the lack of a Mandela-style figure to lead the country out of its problems of mass unemployment and poor education and health services.
December 10, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
SOWETO, South Africa -- When South African President Jacob Zuma walked into the stadium for the memorial service of Nelson Mandela, he drew a cheer from the ruling African National Congress crowd. But then little by little, the booing started. In what should have been Zuma's finest hour, the people were jeering him. And not at some unruly ANC conference. They chose one of the most momentous events in recent South African history, with more than 100 foreign dignitaries and the entire Mandela clan watching.
December 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
From European royal palaces to impoverished African townships, anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was remembered Friday for his tireless fight against injustice and racism and celebrated for the better world he left behind. Former South African President Frederik W. de Klerk, with whom Mandela negotiated an end to the brutal racist regime in his homeland, recalled the man who succeeded him as head of state as "a force for reconciliation and social justice" to the end. "It was an honor for me to have been able to work with Mr. Mandela in the process that led to the adoption of the interim constitution and our first democratic elections in April 1994," De Klerk said in a statement of condolence.
December 6, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela didn't coin the term "Rainbow Nation" or the phrase "Proudly South African. " But the optimism, determination and compassion of the country at its best owed everything to him. In recent years, however, South Africa under the leadership of the African National Congress that Mandela loved is often quite different - shoddy, corrupt and incompetent. In short, depressingly like other African countries betrayed by liberation movements. While life has gradually improved for many, problems once attributed to apartheid stubbornly remain.
December 5, 2013 | By Douglas Foster
"Isn't Mandela still president?" That startling question came from a homeless teenager in a Cape Town township during an interview in 2007, as I set off around South Africa to explore the meaning of freedom in the lives of young people. At first, I thought Jonathan was pulling my leg. A gangly 17-year-old, he loved to tease outsiders. By then, Mandela had been out of office for eight years, having famously stepped away from power after a single term as president. His successors, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, were in the midst of a nasty, enervating battle for control of the ruling party, the African National Congress, and stories about their schism led nearly every newscast.
December 5, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - An irritable man who got cross when he couldn't have his favorite brand of mineral water? A fusser who obsessively folded his daily newspapers just so, who got annoyed if things weren't lined up in their precise order? An aloof man who nonetheless flirted with any pretty young woman he met? Could these accounts really tally with one of the world's most beloved men, Nelson Mandela? In his lifetime, Mandela always insisted that he wasn't a saint, and by all accounts was quite irritated with the gilded view of him as an almost mystical figure.
October 28, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The ruling African National Congress of South Africa demanded an apology Monday after U.S. officials detained and questioned a South African businessman and former government minister in New York last week. In an embarrassing hangover from the apartheid era, former freedom fighter Tokyo Sexwale was detained because he was on America's terrorism watch list. The names of some anti-apartheid activists who opposed the racist system before South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994 reportedly remain on the U.S. terrorism watch list.
April 8, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Political leaders past and present reacted Monday to the death of Margaret Thatcher , the former prime minister of Britain, by spotlighting different parts of her global legacy. For some, their careful or brazen words reflected the sharp disagreements they had with Thatcher, a polarizing figure. Others lionized the late Thatcher unabashedly as an ally and friend. Here are snippets from the outpouring of reactions worldwide: President Obama : “As a grocer's daughter who rose to become Britain's first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can't be shattered.
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