South Africa’s ruling African National Congress kicked off its election campaign as a survey showed it’s hemorrhaging support in the wake of a series of corruption scandals and the creation of new opposition parties.
Thousands of South Africans braved driving rain at the nation’s biggest stadium to mark the life of Nelson Mandela in the first of three major public events this week that may rival the funeral of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
South Africa will expand Nelson Mandela’s memorial service to cater for at least 200,000 people, more than first planned, as ordinary citizens to international heads of state clamor to pay tribute to the former president.
President Jacob Zuma won overwhelming support for a second term as leader of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress, while tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa is the frontrunner to become his deputy, party nomination results show.
South African President Jacob Zuma was jeered by a crowd attending a memorial service for the nation’s first black leader Nelson Mandela, as a series of scandals weigh on his popularity before elections next year.