South Africa’s ruling ANC set to celebrate election victory

Africa 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, ...

Update: South African opposition leader votes in Soweto

Africa 05/08/19, 01:07

The Latest on South Africa's elections (all times local):7:55 a.m.The leader of South Africa's main opposition party has cast his ballot in Dobsonville, a part of Soweto, Johannesburg's largest black township. He was one of the first voters at the Dobsonville polling station.South Africans queue in the early morning cold ...

South Africa starts voting amid corruption, unemployment

Africa 05/08/19, 00:12

South Africans have started voting in presidential and parliamentary elections amid issues of corruption and unemployment.Wednesday's vote comes 25 years after the end of apartheid, but despite the demise of the system of racial discrimination the country remains divided by economic inequality .The party of Nelson Mandela that has been ...

South Africa to vote amid graft scandals, high unemployment

Africa 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 ...

In post-apartheid South Africa, inequality still on display

Africa 05/07/19, 04:38

Perhaps nowhere in today's South Africa is the country's inequality on more dramatic display than in the neighboring Johannesburg suburbs of Sandton and Alexandra.With its gleaming high-rises and lush estates, Sandton is known as Africa's richest square mile. Alexandra, a onetime home to Nelson Mandela, is a squalid, cramped and ...

Michigan football team visits prison Mandela spent 18 years

Sports 05/05/19, 14:39

Michigan's football team visited Robben Island , where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.The Wolverines took a tour of the prison Sunday as part of their trip to South Africa after completing the semester.The Jim Harbaugh-led program went to France and Italy the previous ...

South Africa’s election campaigning peaks in Johannesburg

Africa 05/05/19, 05:10

Campaigning for South Africa's upcoming election reaches a climax Sunday with mass rallies by the ruling party and one of its most potent challengers.The African National Congress, the party of Nelson Mandela which has governed the country since the end of apartheid in 1994, is holding its final rally in ...

South Africa sweeps into final election campaign weekend

Africa 05/04/19, 06:35

South Africa's political parties are sweeping into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's election in which the ruling African National Congress might find its greatest challenge from within.Twenty-five years after the racist apartheid system ended, the party of the late Nelson Mandela is shaken by corruption allegations that ...

Young voters eager for change in South Africa’s election

World 05/04/19, 04:00

At 24, Abetse Mashigo was born a year after South Africa's brutal apartheid system was dismantled. Yet she still feels frustrated by what she sees as continued economic inequality for its people.And that will be on her mind as she and others vote May 8 to elect a president and ...

PHOTOS: South Africa marks Freedom Day, end of apartheid

World 04/27/19, 11:13

Sporting a lively array of colorful outfits, about 3,500 South Africans attended celebrations on Saturday in Kwa-Thema township, east of Johannesburg, on Freedom Day, the public holiday marking the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid. Many wore the bright yellow, green and black colors of the African National Congress, ...

Remove or keep a statue? South Africa debates painful legacy

World 12/16/18, 05:38

A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years. Black protesters threw paint on it. White supporters rallied around it. Authorities surrounded the statue with barbed wire and then ringed it ...

Oprah offers rousing tribute to Mandela in S. Africa visit

Africa 11/29/18, 08:47

Oprah Winfrey on Thursday delivered a rousing tribute to Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born, and urged the youth of South Africa and beyond to overcome failure and trauma on the road to accomplishing their goals. "Your day will come. I applaud your resilience," Winfrey told a cheering crowd ...

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

Africa 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, ...

Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86

Africa 10/11/18, 23:04

Pik Botha, the last foreign minister of South Africa's apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but eventually recognized that change was inevitable, died on Friday at age 86.Botha died in "the early hours of the morning" at his home after an illness, his son, ...

Desmond Tutu spends 87th birthday in a Cape Town hospital

Africa 10/07/18, 06:57

Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu turned 87 years old in a hospital on Sunday, and birthday greetings poured in for the man once described by Nelson Mandela as "our voice of conscience."Tutu, who has been treated for prostate cancer for many years, was admitted to a Cape Town hospital ...

Mandela’s ordinariness helped make him great, lawyers say

Africa 09/26/18, 10:22

While Nelson Mandela is celebrated at the United Nations, two prominent South African lawyers say his greatness lay partly in his ordinary qualities and recognition of his own mistakes.Former judge Albie Sachs recalls how Mandela, as president after apartheid's 1994 end, pushed in vain for the new constitution to allow ...

Mandela statue at UN: ‘an inspiration … and a reminder’

Africa 09/24/18, 09:11

A statue of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled at the United Nations to honor the 100th anniversary of the late South African leader's birth.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at Monday's dedication that Mandela "embodied the highest values of the United Nations — peace, forgiveness, compassion and human dignity."A peace summit ...

Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

America 09/24/18, 00:15

Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the "Long Walk to Freedom" of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century's great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. Now the United Nations is seeking to harness its soaring symbolism. The ...

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