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January 5, 2010 | By Robyn Dixon
South Africa gained its third first lady on Monday when President Jacob Zuma married Tobeka Madiba, his fifth marriage and third concurrent spouse. With another fiancee in the wings and rumors about a possible future engagement, the country may have five or more first ladies before Zuma's presidency is over. Zuma's polygamy sits uneasily with the ruling party's commitment to gender equality and has been criticized by women's rights and AIDS activists. But despite the disquiet in some quarters, Monday's wedding passed without media controversy.
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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.
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April 26, 2010 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
South African President Jacob Zuma announced Sunday that he was HIV-negative as his government rolled out a major AIDS prevention and treatment campaign. Zuma was criticized in 2006 by AIDS activists and other groups uring his rape trial after he admitted having unprotected extramarital sex with a family friend half his age. He was acquitted of the rape charges. After he became president last year, opposition leader Helen Zille said his testimony showed he had put the health of his wives at risk.
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December 6, 2013 | Robyn Dixon
Dressed in black against a twilight-blue background, a somber South African President Jacob Zuma appeared on television to give his countrymen the news they had long dreaded. "My fellow South Africans," he intoned. "Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. " With that announcement, delivered about 11:35 p.m. Thursday, South Africa learned that it had lost its greatest figure: its first black president, the leader of the movement to end the apartheid system of racial discrimination and a man known to most as simply Madiba.
WORLD
August 26, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
As South African runner Caster Semenya returned home Tuesday to a hero's welcome, President Jacob Zuma chastised the International Assn. of Athletics Federations over gender tests carried out on the athlete and declared there was no way she would be stripped of her gold medal in the women's 800-meter world championship. Thousands of people came to celebrate the 18-year-old Semenya's return at O.R. Tambo International Airport -- and to vent their anger at what they see as her ill treatment.
WORLD
July 23, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
South African police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters demanding improved services and more jobs, in one of the biggest challenges to President Jacob Zuma since he took office. Thousands marched in Siyathemba township in a show of anger, saying they would escalate demonstrations if local officials from the ruling African National Congress failed to deliver on their promises. The violence increased uncertainty after a wave of strikes. The unrest also undermined South Africa's hope of showing a positive image before the soccer World Cup.
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January 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
South Africa's governing African National Congress said party President Jacob Zuma would be its candidate in 2009 national elections despite his pending trial on charges of corruption, money laundering, fraud and racketeering. The decision sets the scene for a showdown between the party and prosecutors. Zuma's allies claim he is the victim of a political vendetta. Zuma, a 65-year-old former guerrilla leader, is supposed to go on trial in August. He is accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from the French company Thint to stop investigations of multibillion-dollar arms contracts.
OPINION
December 6, 2012
Re "In South Africa, paralysis at the top," Dec. 3 Several years ago, I read Nelson Mandela's inspiring autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom," and Dominique Lapierre's beautiful ode to the birth of a post-apartheid South Africa, "A Rainbow in the Night. " Recently, I finished Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer's "No Time Like the Present," a novel set in post-apartheid South Africa concerning a mixed-race couple, former companions in "the struggle. " I am currently reading Douglas Foster's "After Mandela.
WORLD
August 27, 2009 | Associated Press
President Jacob Zuma will be "more vocal" than his predecessor about bringing Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party to task for harassing rival politicians, a South African official said Wednesday. Attacks by Mugabe's followers on activists of a rival party, which is now in a strained coalition in Zimbabwe, "are a hindrance to progress" in the impoverished country, said Gwede Mantashe, secretary- general of South Africa's ruling African National Congress. Zuma is going to Zimbabwe today, his first visit to the neighboring country as president.
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March 16, 2010 | Reuters
South Africa is spending more than $2 million a year to support polygamist President Jacob Zuma's wives and children, almost double the budget from a year ago, a minister said on Tuesday. The 68-year-old Zuma, who currently has three wives, recently admitted to fathering his 20th child out of wedlock with the daughter of a friend, drawing flak for a cavalier attitude to sex in a country with one of the world's biggest HIV/AIDS caseloads. In a written answer to a parliamentary question, Collins Chabane, a minister charged with monitoring government performance, said the state had a 15.5 million rand budget for Zuma's family this year.
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
World leaders and human rights activists from around the globe mourned the death of South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela on Thursday, praising the long-ailing 95-year-old as an inspiration to the abused and downtrodden worldwide. "We've lost our greatest son," South African President Jacob Zuma said in announcing Mandela's death, which occurred at 8:50 p.m. at Mandela's home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. At the White House, President Obama praised Mandela as an inspiration and a paragon of moral strength "that all of humanity should aspire to. " PHOTOS: Nelson Mandela through the years "Like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set. And so long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him," Obama said of the man whom he met only once, in Washington in 2005.
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October 25, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Brand South Africa, the body charged with marketing the nation abroad, has had a tough month. The International Monetary Fund on Oct. 1 downgraded its growth forecast for South Africa and called on the government to take tougher action to make the country more competitive, increase economic growth and tackle chronically high unemployment. Then came BMW's abrupt and embarrassing announcement Oct. 3 that the company had canceled plans to expand its South African operation, because of the cost of successive strikes.
WORLD
June 25, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
Nelson Mandela's condition remained unchanged Tuesday, after his health deteriorated over the weekend and he was listed in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital, according to a statement from the South African president's office. Meanwhile, members of Mandela's family gathered at his home village of Qunu in the country's Eastern Cape province, local news reports said. Few details were provided except that a meeting had been called to discuss "delicate" family matters . Other relatives were seen visiting the hospital where Mandela is receiving treatment, as they have done on previous days.
WORLD
June 25, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When a newly elected President Obama zipped through Africa in 2009, he was given a hero's welcome on the continent of his father's birth. This week, after four years away and few major initiatives aimed at Africa, Obama will return as a prodigal son. Initial euphoria over the election of the first African American U.S. president has given way to disappointment with his perceived lack of interest and action on issues in Africa not related to America's security.
WORLD
June 8, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG  --South Africa's beloved former president, Nelson Mandela, is in a hospital in serious condition with a lung infection, according to South African government officials, the latest in a worrying series of lung problems. South African presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement that Mandela, 94, fell ill several days ago, but his condition deteriorated overnight and he was transferred to Pretoria at about 1:30 a.m. “He remains in a serious but stable condition.
WORLD
April 30, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress on Tuesday defended a controversial decision to allow the broadcast on television of a video of an unsmiling Nelson Mandela, looking frail, pallid and uncomfortable, as people snapped flash photos of him when President Jacob Zuma and other ANC luminaries visited him at his house. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and is recovering at home under medical supervision.
WORLD
April 6, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's former president, Nelson Mandela, has been discharged from the hospital after 10 days undergoing treatment for pneumonia,  officials said Saturday. Mandela's discharge was a huge relief for South Africans, after the anti-apartheid hero was hospitalized with breathing difficulties last month. His late-night admission alarmed South Africans, who revere Mandela for his role in fighting apartheid and ushering in a period of reconciliation after the first democratic vote in 1994.
WORLD
April 6, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's former president, Nelson Mandela, has been discharged from the hospital after 10 days undergoing treatment for pneumonia,  officials said Saturday. Mandela's discharge was a huge relief for South Africans, after the anti-apartheid hero was hospitalized with breathing difficulties last month. His late-night admission alarmed South Africans, who revere Mandela for his role in fighting apartheid and ushering in a period of reconciliation after the first democratic vote in 1994.
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