South Africa’s president names Cabinet that is 50% women

World 05/29/19, 15:03

South Africa's president on Wednesday named a trimmed-down Cabinet that is 50% women, making the country's one of few in the world to be "gender-balanced."President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement followed similar moves by Ethiopia and Rwanda last year.Ramaphosa cut the Cabinet from 36 ministers to 28 as he seeks to reduce ...

Ramaphosa takes oath as South Africa’s president

World 05/25/19, 04:28

Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in for a five-year term as South Africa's president.He took the oath of office on Saturday in front of some 30,000 people at a stadium in the capital, Pretoria.It followed his ruling African National Congress party's 57.5% victory in this month's election. It was the ...

South Africa’s Zuma must wait 3 months for court decision

World 05/24/19, 06:58

Former South African president Jacob Zuma will hear in three months' time whether corruption and other charges against him might be dropped.Pietermaritzburg High Court judges have reserved judgment on his application for a permanent stay of prosecution. No date was announced.Zuma was president from 2009 until 2018, when his African ...

South Africa ex-president Jacob Zuma in court for corruption

World 05/20/19, 03:57

Former South African president Jacob Zuma is in court facing charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering.Zuma, 77, appeared at the High Court in Pietermaritzburg in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province Monday on charges of receiving bribes when the government purchased arms in 1999.Zuma was South Africa's president from 2009 until 2018, ...

South Africa chief vows to purge ANC of ‘deviant tendencies’

World 05/12/19, 10:37

South Africa's president is vowing to purge his party of "bad and deviant tendencies" as he prepares to appoint a new Cabinet following a victory in national elections.The 57% share of the vote was the worst-ever election showing for the African National Congress, which has ruled since the apartheid system ...

South Africa’s ruling ANC set to celebrate election victory

World 05/11/19, 04:02

South Africa's ruling African National Congress is preparing to celebrate its win in national elections, with the formal announcement coming later on Saturday.With 99.9% of votes counted, the ANC has 57% of the vote. It is the worst-ever showing at the polls for the party of the late Nelson Mandela, ...

South Africa to vote amid graft scandals, high unemployment

World 05/07/19, 11:05

A quarter-century after the end of apartheid, South Africans go to the polls Wednesday for the sixth national elections since the demise of the harsh system of racial discrimination, although the country remains divided by economic inequality .The African National Congress, the party of Nelson Mandela that has been in ...

South Africa leader in national speech looks toward election

World 02/07/19, 12:45

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation address said Thursday the country had begun to recover from "a period of uncertainty and a loss of confidence and trust" under his scandal-ridden successor.His speech to parliament comes three months before national elections that are seen by many ...

In South Africa, ousted president speaks his mind on Twitter

World 12/24/18, 06:40

He's back.Tarnished by scandal, former South African president Jacob Zuma resigned in February after his own ruling party turned against him. Then old corruption charges against him were reinstated, seemingly sealing his downfall.But now Zuma has ramped up his profile, popping up on Twitter in a robust pushback against his ...

South African minister notes worry about graft prosecutions

World 11/19/18, 06:50

A Cabinet minister in South Africa is citing concerns that efforts to prosecute people allegedly involved in corruption under former president Jacob Zuma are falling short.Pravin Gordhan, the public enterprises minister, on Monday told a commission investigating corruption allegations that he has often heard South Africans ask why "no big ...

South Africa leaving ‘dark’ days of corruption, says leader

World 11/01/18, 14:09

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his country has survived a "dark period" when corruption was rampant and is now focused on achieving economic growth and land reform to win popular support in general elections next year.South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses members of the Foreign Correspondents Association in Johannesburg, ...

South African finance minister resigns after graft testimony

World 10/09/18, 07:07

South Africa's finance minister resigned on Tuesday after acknowledging missteps during the scandal-tainted tenure of former president Jacob Zuma.The resignation of Nhlanhla Nene was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has pledged to clean up corruption and revive South Africa's economy, which is in recession. The president appointed Tito Mboweni, ...

South African finance minister criticized after testimony

Africa 10/08/18, 02:12

South Africa's finance minister is under pressure after he acknowledged visiting the home of a business family linked to alleged corruption under former president Jacob Zuma.Opposition parties are criticizing Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, whose appointment to President Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet this year was widely welcomed as a break from the ...

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