Former senior members of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress have called on voters to spoil their ballot papers in the May 7 election to register their disillusionment with President Jacob Zuma’s government.
South Africa’s HIV prevalence rose in the four years since 2008 due to 1.2 million new infections and the expansion of treatment for existing patients, according to a survey carried out by the Human Sciences Research Council.
South African President Jacob Zuma is guilty of misconduct over the spending of 215 million rand ($20 million) on work at his home that included building a pool and an amphitheater, the nation’s graft ombudsman said.
South Africa may see a labor party challenge the ruling African National Congress as a split among trade unions deepens, said Moeletsi Mbeki, deputy chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs.
Cyril Ramaphosa will take over management of the economy and implement a 20-year government plan after being appointed South Africa’s deputy president following May 7 elections, according to two people familiar with the plans of the ruling party.
Trevor Manuel, South Africa’s former finance minister who heads the National Planning Commission, pledged his loyalty to the ruling African National Congress as he announced he was quitting parliamentary politics.
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.