Thuli Madonsela used to be a loyal member of South Africa’s African National Congress. Now she’s at loggerheads with the ruling party after exposing alleged wrongdoing by top politicians including President Jacob Zuma.
An Obama administration spokesman said it was only in jest that a top aide said President Barack Obama would stop doing “selfies,” although Samsung Electronics Co.’s use of one for a phone promotion improperly exploited the presidency for commercial gain.
A bronze rabbit, that was added as an artist’s signature, was removed from a statue of former president Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, the South African Press Association reported, citing Arts and Culture spokesman Mogomotsi Mogodiri.
The South African graft ombudsman’s decision that President Jacob Zuma “benefited unduly” from state-funded work on his home is the latest in a series of scandals that hasn’t threatened his grip on power.
The three blue-gum trees under which Nelson Mandela learned to be a leader still stand at the Mqhekezweni Great Place near Qunu, formerly the seat of kings of the abaThembu tribe in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.
On his way to the toilet at his school in South Africa’s Soweto township, Simphiwe Bhengu passes broken chairs and piles of dumped textbooks. He steps through puddles of putrid water and skirts prowling rats before returning to a class of 40.
An auditor has alerted South Africa’s tax agency to alleged fraud at Goldrich Holdings (Pty) Ltd., a mine operator whose chairman is already being personally sued following the collapse of Aurora Empowerment Systems Ltd., a similar company.