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The man expected to be the next president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, wears smart suits and boasts a British education. He can recite the poetry of William Butler Yeats by heart. He was married in an English castle and has lived half his 56 years outside South Africa. But home is here in the rolling hills of the secluded Eastern Cape, where people favor mud huts and English is the language of outsiders.
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.
April 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
President Thabo Mbeki took an oath for a second term as South Africa celebrated 10 years of post-apartheid democracy, vowing to fight crushing poverty. "Endemic and widespread poverty continues to disfigure the face of our country," said Mbeki, whose African National Congress was reelected in a landslide victory two weeks ago despite mounting problems with joblessness and AIDS.
December 5, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Bob Drogin and Scott Kraft
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela, who emerged from more than a quarter of a century in prison to steer a troubled African nation to its first multiracial democracy, uniting the country by reaching out to fearful whites and becoming a revered symbol of racial reconciliation around the world, died at his home Thursday. He was 95. Long before his release from prison in 1990, at age 71, Mandela was an inspiration to millions of blacks seeking to end the oppression of more than four decades of apartheid, and his continued incarceration spawned international censure of South Africa's white-minority government.
April 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
South African President Thabo Mbeki questioned the need for HIV tests, reigniting a debate about acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Mbeki caused an international uproar more than a year ago when he courted the view of some scientists who question the link between the human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS and believe that HIV testing should be stopped. After his public image took a battering, Mbeki withdrew from the debate.
December 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
President Thabo Mbeki lashed out at South Africa's mainly white and mixed-race opposition party bloc after it made big gains in local elections, calling it an "unholy alliance" that is bad for the nation. Mbeki told a victory rally for the ruling African National Congress, or ANC, in Johannesburg that any headway made by the Democratic Alliance could not discredit the will of the overwhelming majority. But analysts said the outcome signaled an alarming rise in racial divisions.
February 8, 1990
In its second night of programs from South Africa, "Nightline" tonight will bring together three men who, an ABC spokeswoman said, have never spoken to one another. The guests will be Pik Botha, South Africa foreign minister; Thabo Mbeki, director of international affairs for the African National Congress, and Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi, leader of the 2-million-strong Zulu Inkatha movement. "Nightline" will air at 11:30 p.m. on Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42.
November 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
An international human rights group accused South Africa's president of neglect in regard to the AIDS epidemic sweeping his country. New York-based Human Rights Watch urged President Thabo Mbeki to take urgent action to slow the spread of AIDS. Mbeki has been criticized for questioning whether HIV leads to AIDS. An independent study by the government's Medical Research Council found up to 7 million South Africans could die of AIDS by 2010.
February 7, 2004 | From Reuters
President Thabo Mbeki hailed South Africa's first decade of democracy Friday and pledged to forge ahead with policies to fight poverty and unemployment ahead of polls expected in March or April. Mbeki, whose ruling African National Congress is forecast to secure another solid victory, said at Parliament's opening session that his government was on the right course to fulfill the visions outlined by anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
May 12, 2000
I am glad to see that the situation in Zimbabwe has been in the news. I was deeply concerned, while speaking to my mother in Harare, to learn that the Zimbabwean "government" has forbidden its citizens to discuss the current political situation via e-mail, threatening violators with a $150,000 fine and up to a year in prison. The rule of law has been eroded, as President Robert Mugabe openly encourages his supporters to intimidate the very citizens he claims to represent. Zimbabwe touts itself as a democracy; however, democracies do not stand in opposition to free speech, nor do they illegally seize the land of their citizens and flout the orders of the judiciary.
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.
May 10, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
The whistle has blown, the time has come! We're taking Jacob Zuma to the Union Buildings. -- As rays of sunshine broke through after the morning's stormy downpour, the dignitaries at Jacob Zuma's inauguration Saturday in Pretoria leaped to their feet, danced, cheered and ululated as he was sworn in as the president of South Africa. At the top of their lungs, they sang about Zuma's ascent to the Union Buildings, South Africa's presidential residence and seat of government.
September 23, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
Ruling party leader Jacob Zuma, whose supporters led the successful charge to oust President Thabo Mbeki, hinted Monday that his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, would take over as South Africa's interim president. Zuma promised a smooth transition of power but dismissed questions about unresolved corruption allegations against him. He is widely expected to win election as president next year.
September 21, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
South African President Thabo Mbeki was forced from office Saturday, paving the way for rival Jacob Zuma to take power and leaving the country in a state of political and economic uncertainty. The populist Zuma, expected to take over after parliamentary elections next year, has made several comebacks from near political oblivion: He beat rape charges in 2006 and just more than a week ago managed to have fraud and racketeering charges thrown out on a technicality.
September 20, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
When President Thabo Mbeki was in Zimbabwe in recent days putting together the deal that saw Robert Mugabe give up his monopoly on power there, the knives were being sharpened at home. The 86-member national executive committee of the ruling African National Congress party met Friday to decide whether to force Mbeki from office before his term expires next year, a move that would probably plunge the party and the country into political turmoil.
December 22, 2007 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
South African President Thabo Mbeki, speaking publicly for the first time since losing his post as leader of the ruling party, pledged Friday to serve out his term in office, which ends in 2009. His defeat this week at an acrimonious conference of the African National Congress had raised speculation that he could be forced from office. "I have no reason to assume that there would be anything that would stop the government serving the full term for which it was elected," Mbeki said.
March 15, 2001 | From the Washington Post
President Thabo Mbeki rejected appeals to declare South Africa's AIDS epidemic a national emergency, a step that would enable the government to override patents owned by foreign pharmaceutical firms and buy or manufacture cheap, generic versions of life-prolonging anti-AIDS medicines.
President Nelson Mandela issued a surprising order this week to his top aide and heir apparent, Deputy President Thabo Mbeki: Take a two-week vacation. "He works from early morning to very late at night," Mandela told the Sunday Times of Johannesburg. "Sometimes he (goes to bed) at 2 o'clock, sometimes 3 o'clock, and that is impossible. I have told his wife . . . they must go away for a fortnight because he is overworking."
December 17, 2007 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
South African President Thabo Mbeki received a stinging rebuff Sunday from supporters of his bitter rival, Jacob Zuma, in the lead-up to a crucial leadership vote at the national conference of the ruling African National Congress. Moments after Mbeki's speech, his last chance to win over support, thousands of delegates signaled their disapproval by standing up and singing Zuma's trademark song, "Umshini Wami," which loosely translates as "Bring Me My Machine (Gun)."
June 15, 2005 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
President Thabo Mbeki sacked his popular deputy over corruption allegations Tuesday, deflecting concerns that the South African government was slow to act in the face of scandal. The firing of Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who had been widely seen as Mbeki's heir apparent, raised questions about who will succeed the president in 2009 and upset some of the ruling party's supporters in the trade unions.
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