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May Day speech cut short amid anti-Zuma boos, chants

May Day speech cut short amid anti-Zuma boos, chants

(GIN)—Calls for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma cut short a carefully planned May Day speech and exposed the deepening rift within the historic AFC party. President Zuma, according to eyewitnesses from the scene, was shouted off the stage as he was about to address his long-time allies in the country’s biggest trade-union federation. According […]

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Wreath-laying ceremony planned for anti-apartheid activist

Wreath-laying ceremony planned for anti-apartheid activist

| April 16, 2017

(GIN)—Fierce anti-apartheid fighter Chris Hani will be remembered in South Africa this week at a time when the Africa National Congress faces its most serious internal divisions. Fortunately, many writings survive that reveal Hani’s physical and moral bravery. Among his most famous quotes are these: “What we need in South Africa is for egos to […]

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Opposition rebuffs ANC plans to withdraw from global court

Opposition rebuffs ANC plans to withdraw from global court

| October 25, 2016

(GIN)—South Africa has taken the first steps toward withdrawing the country’s membership in the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) but it faces a tough fight from the Democratic Alliance (DA), the country’s major opposition party. Parliamentarian James Selfe, a leading member of the DA’s legal affairs group, slammed the move which he said occurred before […]

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Party of Mandela gets beating from voters

Party of Mandela gets beating from voters

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—It was a long night for the African National Congress party faithful as a popular revolt in the cities of Tshwane (Pretoria) and Port Elizabeth upended the ANC’s long-held power base in those two key municipalities. The ANC was beaten in working-class “black township” areas such as Mamelodi in Tshwane, and Motherwell in Port Elizabeth. […]

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Party of Mandela hears calls for change

Party of Mandela hears calls for change

| August 2, 2016

(GIN)—This week’s municipal polls will reveal the depth of disenchantment with the historic African National Congress. Massive unemployment, failing basic services and corruption have fueled discontent among the ANC’s stalwart base of support. Some voters will be pulling the lever for a different party this week in what was long inconceivable—to abandon the party of […]

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South African leaders insists ‘we are not for sale’

South African leaders insists ‘we are not for sale’

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—South Africans are rising up against the outsized influence of corporate entities and wealthy individuals allegedly doling out contracts and jobs within the ANC. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, at a recent event, rebutted the charge, declaring the ANC was not for sale and anyone who wanted to capture the state should “go next door.” Speaking […]

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Anxious ANC elders fear party ‘drifting from its ideals’

Anxious ANC elders fear party ‘drifting from its ideals’

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—The usual celebrations marking Human Rights Day on March 21 were upstaged this year by an epic scandal that has shaken the party at its highest level. Little else has captured the attention of South Africa’s citizens over the past weeks as much as the story of government job peddling by wealthy friends of the […]

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Parole for anti-apartheid hero’s killer? Victim’s family says ‘no!’

Parole for anti-apartheid hero’s killer? Victim’s family says ‘no!’

| March 15, 2016

JOHANNESBURG—The wife of a slain anti-apartheid hero is raging against a court decision ordering the release of her husband’s killer on parole within 14 days. Limpho Hani, widow of Chris Hani, called the decision to grant parole to Janusz Walus “a sad day for South Africa.” She harshly rebuked the judge who made the ruling, […]

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South African union shaken by member flight

South African union shaken by member flight

| February 9, 2016

(GIN)—An ill wind of layoffs, company closings and unpopular labor reforms are taking a toll on South Africa’s once powerful labor movement. Membership in the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has slumped from a peak of 2.19 million four years ago to 1.8 million, following the expulsion of its largest affiliate, the National […]

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South African voters ‘in a bad mood’ over unemployment, corruption

South African voters ‘in a bad mood’ over unemployment, corruption

| May 28, 2015 | 1 Reply

(GIN)—Unemployment in South Africa is higher than at any time in the past 11 years—reaching 26.4 percent and almost double that for young people under 25 years of age. Joblessness, combined with lurid reports of corruption, have left voters discouraged and dismayed, according to an internal ANC election strategy document. The party will be facing […]

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