August 26, 2009 |
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.
July 23, 2009 |
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.
January 9, 2008 |
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.
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.
December 25, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa-- South Africa's Nelson Mandela, who was spending Christmas in the hospital recovering from serious illness, was in good spirits and looking much better, President Jacob Zuma said Tuesday. He said Mandela immediately greeted him, shouting out Zuma's clan name, Nxamalala. Zuma visited Mandela, along with Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, and other members of the Mandela family. “We found him in good spirits. He shouted my clan name, Nxamalala, as I walked into the ward!
August 27, 2009 |
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.