December 5, 2013 |
"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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.