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July 10, 2010 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
They would never finish the stadiums on time. Transportation would be a fiasco. Tourists who weren't shot, stabbed or killed in car crashes would get food poisoning. And if that didn't ruin the soccer World Cup, the bad South African service would. It wasn't just the British tabloids that predicted South Africa could never pull off the World Cup tournament successfully. There were plenty of skeptics in South Africa. But the tournament that ends with the Netherlands-Spain final Sunday buries the stereotype of South Africa as a violent place where nothing really works, incapable of staging a global showcase.
May 21, 2012 | By David Ng
An artist in South Africa has landed in hot water over a painting depicting the country's president, Jacob Zuma, with exposed genitalia. "The Spear," a painting by Brett Murray, shows a clothed Zuma standing in a defiant pose, with his penis and scrotum clearly visible. Since there is no literal spear shown in the painting, viewers can assume that the title is a phallic reference. Zuma is launching a court case this week in which he argues that the painting violates his right to dignity, according to reports.
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.
April 11, 2011 | By Ned Parker and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
South African President Jacob Zuma said Sunday that Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi had accepted a "road map" for ending the conflict that pits his forces against rebels determined to end his four-decade rule. Zuma, who according to news reports led a delegation of African Union leaders in a meeting with Kadafi at his compound in Tripoli, did not disclose details of the cease-fire proposal. He also didn't specify whether Kadafi himself or his adjutants had accepted the African Union plan.
May 30, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Moammar Kadafi faces stepped-up bombardments and the threat of strikes by attack helicopters but seems determined to maintain his grip on power, in part by rallying a diminished roster of allies to counter his regime's isolation. South African President Jacob Zuma was expected to arrive in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, on Monday in search of a resolution for the 3-month-old conflict, although there is no indication that Kadafi is willing to relinquish power as demanded by rebels, Western governments and even longtime allies Russia and Turkey.
May 31, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Moammar Kadafi has no intention of leaving Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma's office said Tuesday after Zuma met with the Libyan leader in Tripoli. During their session together on Monday, Kadafi stressed "that he was not prepared to leave his country, despite the difficulties," Zuma's office said in a statement. The South African leader also said that Kadafi's "personal safety … is of concern" as NATO-led bombings of Tripoli continue. Kadafi expressed his anger at the NATO bombings, said Zuma, who was taken on a tour of the bomb damage.
June 22, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa — South Africa hopes that by staging a successful World Cup it will become a viable candidate to host the Olympic Games, perhaps as soon as in 2020. "We have got the facilities. Those who take decisions have seen how South Africa is. I'm sure we can do it," Jacob Zuma , the country's president, told Reuters on Tuesday. "It is now known Africa is capable of hosting any serious tournament." Cape Town bid for the 2004 Games that were awarded to Athens.
July 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
South African investigators said they had begun an inquiry into Deputy President Jacob Zuma's financial interests, but an aide accused political rivals in the ruling African National Congress of a smear campaign. The inquiry by the elite Scorpions unit is part of a wider investigation into allegations of corruption in a multibillion-dollar arms deal. Zuma aides linked the inquiry to a power struggle ahead of 2004 presidential elections.
July 31, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Fresh from acquittal on rape charges that made worldwide headlines, former Deputy President Jacob Zuma is back in court today in an arms-dealing case highlighting South Africa's fight against government corruption. On the same day, 29 lawmakers and travel agents go on trial, accused of defrauding Parliament of up to $3.4 million by misusing vouchers intended for official travel to pay for luxury vacations, meals and car rentals.
March 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman who accused former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma of rape testified that the man she had known since she was 5 forced himself on her when she was at his home. Zuma pleaded not guilty and, in a statement read by his attorney, said his accuser spent the night willingly at his home in November and the two had had consensual sex for some time. At no time, he said, did she say she was having sex against her will.
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