South African President Jacob Zuma is set to lay out the ruling party’s successes when he leads official celebrations to mark 20 years since the end of apartheid, amid a three-month long strike in the platinum industry and a 24 percent jobless rate.
South Africa’s main opposition party is turning to a 33-year-old former resident of the township of Soweto to help it challenge the ruling African National Congress in the nation’s richest province, Gauteng.
South African President Jacob Zuma said the government must push for increased black ownership of the continent’s biggest economy, signaling his policy focus as he prepares for a second term in office.
Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his home village of Qunu after a career of fighting racial oppression that saw him evolve from an organizer of non-violent resistance to the commander of a guerrilla army before leading negotiations to end South Africa’s apartheid system.
Mzoxolo Magidiwane hobbled on a crutch down the gravel path to his home past the hill where he was shot seven times a year ago when South African police fired on striking mineworkers in their most lethal use of force since the end of apartheid.
The head of the biggest affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions said divisions within the group prompted him to resign, threatening deepening splits in the labor movement allied to the ruling party.
Julius Malema, who was expelled from South Africa’s ruling African National Congress and is fighting corruption charges, is rallying support for his new party by reviving a call for the state seizure of mines, banks and land.
Julius Malema , the firebrand youth leader of South Africa’s African National Congress , is likely to win re-election this week, keeping pressure on the ruling party to boost state control of the country’s mines.