Zimbabwe’s Mugabe honored at state funeral, burial delayed
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — African heads of state joined thousands of Zimbabweans at a state funeral Saturday for Zimbabwe's founding president, Robert Mugabe , whose burial has been delayed for at...
South Africa shuts embassies in Nigeria amid violence
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has closed its diplomatic missions in Nigeria, underscoring the growing strain between Africa's two largest economies after the latest wave of xenophobic violence...
South Africa vows crackdown on violence against women
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa vowed Thursday to crack down on perpetrators of violence against women, after thousands of protesters gathered on the streets of...
South African police arrest 90 as unrest in cities continues
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president condemned days of widespread looting and arson attacks on foreign-owned businesses across Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria, calling the violence...
Mozambique peace accord signed, paves way for elections
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mozambique's president and the leader of the country's main opposition group signed a new peace accord Tuesday, pledging to end years of violence and facilitate elections in...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says unemployment has reached its highest level in a decade at 29%.
Second-quarter figures released Tuesday show the number of unemployed rose by 573,000...
South African lawmakers vote to speed up land reform
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African lawmakers on Thursday voted to speed up land reform by establishing a committee that will propose constitutional changes to allow for land expropriation without...
South Africa’s president responds to critical report
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will urgently challenge in court a report by the country's corruption watchdog that found he misled lawmakers...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African corruption watchdog on Friday said President Cyril Ramaphosa "deliberately misled" Parliament about a campaign contribution, a setback for a leader who has...
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's president declared Thursday the country's struggling state-owned power utility Eskom "cannot be allowed to fail" and said he wants more funding to...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's economy dropped by the most in a decade in the first quarter of this year, the government announced on Tuesday, hurting newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa's...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president on Wednesday named a trimmed-down Cabinet that is 50% women, making the country's one of few in the world to be "gender-balanced."
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday urged the country to pursue "an extraordinary feat of human endeavor" as he was sworn in for a five-year term with...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma will hear in three months' time whether corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges against him might be...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa has taken steps to crack down on corruption Wednesday as the country's new parliament voted him to lead the country for a...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president on Sunday vowed to purge his party of "bad and deviant tendencies" as he prepares to appoint a new Cabinet following a victory in national...
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's ruling African National Congress on Saturday marked its weakest victory in national elections in a quarter-century, while President Cyril Ramaphosa...
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The ruling African National Congress was on course to win South Africa's presidential and parliamentary elections by a comfortable margin with almost all votes...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The ruling African National Congress held a comfortable lead in South Africa's presidential and parliamentary election with more than two-thirds of the vote counted Thursday,...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans voted Wednesday in presidential and parliamentary elections, with signs of a relatively low turnout and voters saying they were disillusioned by widespread...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa's elections (all times local):
Polls are closing in South Africa's national election.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — 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...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Campaigning for South Africa's upcoming elections reached a climax Sunday with mass rallies by the ruling party and one of its most potent challengers, ahead of national polls...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's political parties on Saturday swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's election in which the ruling African National Congress might find...
South Africa’s president endorses Zimbabwe leader
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — South Africa's president endorsed Zimbabwe's government Tuesday, ignoring reports of human right abuses by the military to crush persistent dissent in the neighboring...
South Africa leader in national speech looks toward election
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation address said Thursday the country had begun to recover from "a period of uncertainty and a loss of confidence and trust" under his scandal-ridden predecessor, and he announced that the presidential election will be on May 8.
The national elections are seen by many as a referendum on his ruling African National Congress party.
South Africa’s president says mining key to reviving economy
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country's mining sector will be crucial to reversing sluggish economic growth and high unemployment.
Ramaphosa spoke Tuesday at South Africa's Mining Indaba, an annual industry event.
Since taking office last year, he has promised to get the economy back on track. Mining accounted for about 8 percent of the gross domestic product in 2017. The industry has lost tens of thousands of jobs in recent years, according to local media.
India, South Africa to boost defense ties, trade
NEW DELHI (AP) — India and South Africa will boost ties in key areas such as defense, maritime security, information technology and trade under a three-year strategic exchange program, their leaders said Friday.
The plan was announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after they met in New Delhi.
Two-way trade is expected to rise to $10.65 billion in 2018-19 from $9.38 billion in 2017-18.
South Africa’s disgraced former leader is making a comeback
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Jacob Zuma was in disgrace last year, a South African president forced from office by scandal and then in court on corruption charges. He is now in the midst of a remarkable makeover, wooed by a ruling party that recognizes his enduring appeal to some supporters and is anxious to paper over divisions ahead of elections this year.
Muggings mar international charity concert in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A spate of muggings early Monday marred a charity concert in South Africa at which Beyonce, Jay-Z and other stars performed in honor of Nelson Mandela.
South African president praises German investment
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president says Germany is an important economic partner which he hopes will expand its investment here.
President Cyril Ramaphosa was speaking Tuesday in Cape Town to mark the end of the three-day state visit of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
South African minister notes worry about graft prosecutions
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Cabinet minister in South Africa on Monday citing concerns that efforts to prosecute people allegedly involved in corruption under former president Jacob Zuma are falling short.
Pravin Gordhan, the public enterprises minister, told a commission investigating corruption allegations that he has often heard South Africans ask why no "big figure" has ended up in a prison uniform.
South Africa leaving ‘dark days’ of corruption, says leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said 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 Africa highway crash kills at least 27, including kids
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government says at least 27 people, including small children, have been killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Limpopo province.
The statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa's office says a minibus, truck and delivery vehicle crashed on Friday on a major highway between Mookgophong and Kranskop.
Ramaphosa says that "It is all the more worrying considering that barely a month ago 11 people lost their lives on the same stretch of road when a bus overturned."
South Africa’s president urged to testify in graft probe
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's biggest opposition party on Wednesday pushed for wider scrutiny of President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet after the resignation of a finance minister who acknowledged meeting a business family linked to alleged corruption under the former administration.
South African finance minister resigns after graft testimony
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's finance minister resigned on Tuesday after acknowledging missteps during the scandal-tainted tenure of former president Jacob Zuma.
South African finance minister criticized after testimony
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's finance minister on Monday faced calls to resign after he acknowledged visiting the home of a business family linked to alleged corruption under former president Jacob Zuma.
Opposition parties cited a South African media report that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had offered to quit, saying President Cyril Ramaphosa should dismiss him to show commitment to clean government in one of Africa's biggest economies.
‘Relax’: South African leader makes the case for land reform
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Relax.
That's the message South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has for anyone fretting about the nation's plans for land reform, which drew a critical tweet from President Donald Trump last month.
The government won't allow "land grabs," and land redistribution designed to address racial inequities will be orderly, Ramaphosa said Tuesday in remarks to Parliament.
South Africa to probe state dealings with German firm SAP
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday ramped up an anti-corruption drive, authorizing an investigation of alleged wrongdoing in the national water department's dealings with German software firm SAP.
New inquiries will look into public and private sector involvement in the awarding of tenders and contracts, Ramaphosa's office said.
South African economy, 1 of Africa’s biggest, in recession
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African economy has fallen into recession, compounding concerns about its weakening currency, plans for land reform and fallout from state corruption under former president Jacob Zuma.
The Statistics South Africa group said Tuesday that the economy shrank by 0.7 percent in the second quarter of 2018 after a contraction of 2.6 percent in the first quarter.
A recession is widely defined as two or more consecutive quarters of contraction.
UK’s May pledges to boost Britain’s investments in Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dancing gamely with schoolkids and meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, British Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday launched her three-nation African tour by pledging to make Britain the biggest investor in Africa from the developed world.
South Africa blasts Trump over racially divisive tweet
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government lashed out at President Donald Trump on Thursday after he tweeted that his administration would be looking into alleged seizures of white-owned farms and the "large scale killing of farmers" in the country, an assertion it said was false and "only seeks to divide our nation and remind us of our colonial past."
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's leader has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country cannot afford to buy nuclear power plants from Moscow, a change from his scandal-ridden predecessor.
President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke to reporters as the BRICS summit of emerging economies ended Friday.
Member nations China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa used the meeting to speak out against the Trump administration's growing trade war.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping urged fellow leaders of the BRICS emerging economies to "reject protectionism outright" on Thursday during their annual summit in which the United States is being criticized for escalating tariffs on foreign goods.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tributes are being paid following the death of Sam Nzima, the South African photographer who took the iconic image of a black high school student carrying a fatally wounded fellow pupil away from the gunfire of apartheid police in 1976.
Nzima, 83, died Saturday night in a hospital in the northwestern city of Nelspruit, said his son, Thulani Nzima. The photographer had collapsed two days earlier but did not recover in the hospital, he said.