Tag: jacob zuma

Ex-wife of retiring president in tight race for top job

Ex-wife of retiring president in tight race for top job

| October 25, 2017

(GIN)—With President Jacob Zuma winding up his last term in office, his ex-wife is building up campaign momentum, especially among women. She’s one of two leading candidates for the top job. An early anti-apartheid activist, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was an active underground member of the South African Students’ Organization and was elected its deputy president in […]

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International team to investigate reports of deadly violence in Congo

International team to investigate reports of deadly violence in Congo

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—The U.N.’s main human rights body has approved a resolution to send a team of experts “to establish the truth” about reports of thousands of deaths and the destruction of entire villages by government-backed soldiers in Congo’s central Kasai region. U.N. rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein had lobbied for the resolution at a meeting of […]

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Zuma’s mining charter—a step up or two steps back for black empowerment

Zuma’s mining charter—a step up or two steps back for black empowerment

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—BEE. The initials stand for Black Economic Empowerment and the prospect thrilled many South Africans who had seen the wealth of their nation drained away during years of oppressive white rule. Under the codes of BEE, set forth in 2007, the government pledged to redress apartheid’s economic disparities to ensure broader and meaningful participation for […]

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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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South Africa seeks legal change to allow taking white-owned land

South Africa seeks legal change to allow taking white-owned land

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—President Jacob Zuma finally addressed the long-unresolved matter of land reform, a demand of thousands of black landless people whose properties were confiscated in the Apartheid era. In his State of the Nation address, President Zuma pledged to break up white ownership of business and land to reduce inequality. He called on parliament to change […]

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Tornado-like winds abort Zuma’s Reconciliation Day address

Tornado-like winds abort Zuma’s Reconciliation Day address

| December 20, 2016

(GIN)—President Jacob Zuma, at the annual Reconciliation Day event in Gopane, region of the North West, had to be rushed out of the venue as tornado-like winds lifted the stage and tent into the air in one terrifying moment. The president had just begun to deliver a prepared address about the history of National Reconciliation […]

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African geologists warn of possible ‘Fukushima’ at site of proposed nuclear reactor

African geologists warn of possible ‘Fukushima’ at site of proposed nuclear reactor

| December 1, 2016

(GIN)—Geologists at the Africa Earth Observatory Network fear that a nuclear power station built over canyons in bedrock, as proposed by South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom, is at risk of deadly surge storms and tsunamis—not unlike those triggered by the meltdown at the Japanese plant in Fukushima. Eskom disputes the findings. “If you’re going to […]

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Tribute pour in for ‘King of Kwaito,’ lost to inoperable cancer

Tribute pour in for ‘King of Kwaito,’ lost to inoperable cancer

| September 20, 2016

(GIN)—South African President Jacob Zuma spoke for the nation when he called the passing of singer Mduduzi Tshabalala a great loss to the country. “South Africa has lost one of its pioneers,” commented President Zuma, “whose music appealed to a cross section of our people‚ young and old and was known to have achieved the […]

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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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