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 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.
South Africa’s Zuma will head to recording studio in 2019
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Driven from office by scandal, former South African president Jacob Zuma plans to record music in 2019.
An official says Zuma, who resigned in February, will in April record "his trademark struggle songs" from the fight against South African apartheid, the system of white minority rule that ended in 1994.
Thembinkosi Ngcobo, an official in the municipality that includes Durban, says on Twitter that he visited Zuma and "sealed a deal to preserve our heritage through song."
In South Africa, ousted president speaks his mind on Twitter
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — He's back.
Tarnished by scandal, former South African president Jacob Zuma resigned in February after his own ruling party turned against him. Then old corruption charges against him were reinstated, seemingly sealing his downfall.
But now Zuma has ramped up his profile, popping up on Twitter in a robust pushback against his many critics. Some backers reportedly nominated him for a seat in parliament after elections in 2019.
South Africa’s former leader joins Twitter amid legal woes
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's former president, who faces corruption charges, has taken to Twitter.
"It's me, Jacob Zuma," the ex-leader says in an introductory video posted on the social media site in the last few days.
Zuma says "you will get used to me" and that he intends to join the national conversation. He says he will correct some things that are said about him and that some people have used fake social media accounts in his name.
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’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.
Defense expo reflects troubles for South African military
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is one of the continent's biggest defense spenders but its military is increasingly stretched as the country faces recession and a weakening currency.
This week's biennial Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition is a showcase for the country's military, which is one of the top 20 contributors to United Nations peacekeeping missions and helps with anti-piracy operations off Mozambique's coast.
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.
South Africa opens inquiry into corruption during Zuma rule
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African commission charged with probing allegations of widespread corruption under the government of former President Jacob Zuma started its first public hearings on Monday in Johannesburg.
The commission will investigate whether Zuma, his allies, and a wealthy business family, the Guptas, tried to influence the hiring and firing of government officials, among other allegations.
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) — A son of former South African president Jacob Zuma has appeared in court to face allegations of high-level corruption during his father's scandal-tainted tenure.
Duduzane Zuma, who returned to South Africa last week after months abroad, was granted bail of $7,500 on Monday. His case was postponed to Jan. 24, 2019.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The corruption case against former South African president Jacob Zuma has been delayed until late next month, while Zuma took to a stage near the courthouse on Friday before thousands of cheering supporters and again declared his innocence.
South African workers criticize Ramaphosa in protest
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of South African workers have demonstrated around the country against a proposed minimum wage, accusing President Cyril Ramaphosa's government of being hostile to labor.
South Africa’s ex-President Zuma in court on corruption charges
South Africa's ex-President Jacob Zuma appeared in a Durban court Friday to face multiple corruption charges relating to a billion-dollar arms deal in the late 1990s.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma sat in the dock of a packed courtroom on Friday to face corruption charges and emerged defiant, telling supporters that the case against him was politically motivated.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mourners have laid flowers and lit candles outside the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid activist and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela who died this week after a long illness.
Ruling party politicians and women's league members were among those paying tribute on Wednesday to Madikizela-Mandela, who died Monday at age 81.
South Africa’s Zuma summoned to court in corruption case
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been summoned to appear in court on April 6 on charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
South African police confirm that the summons to a court in the coastal city of Durban was issued on Monday.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face old charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering, prosecutors announced Friday, deepening the legal woes of a leader whose tenure was marked by scandals.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's new president said Thursday that the transfer of some land from the country's white minority to the black majority will be handled without damaging the economy and that there will be "no smash and grab."
The effort to address the legacy of apartheid more than two decades after the end of white rule is one of South Africa's contentious issues, and President Cyril Ramaphosa said land transfers must be managed through dialogue.
South Africa’s new president replaces finance minister
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's new president announced a Cabinet shuffle late Monday that replaces the finance minister and puts a former finance minister in charge of the country's troubled state-owned companies.
In March 2009, less than two months before Jacob Zuma assumed office as the fourth president of post-apartheid South Africa, the Dalai Lama’s visa application to enter the country was denied. The Tibetan spiritual leader had been scheduled to attend a peace conference in Johannesburg, on the invitation of fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk.
South Africa’s FM under scrutiny ahead of Cabinet reshuffle
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's finance minister has announced the first increase in the value-added tax in a quarter-century as the country seeks to bring in new revenue.
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's budget speech comes less than a week after South Africa's leadership transition.
He says VAT will increase by 1 percent, to 15 percent. It's the first hike since 1993, during South Africa's transition from white minority rule to an all-race democracy.
South Africa inspired the world under the leadership of former president Nelson Mandela, a human rights icon.
Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who spent 27 years in prison for opposing white racist rule, was for South Africa and the world a symbol of strength, sacrifice and reconciliation for his pivotal role in steering South Africa from its apartheid era to democratic elections in 1994.
South African president announces “lifestyle audits”
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says public representatives will undergo "lifestyle audits" as part of his campaign to clean up the government.
Ramaphosa said Tuesday that the scrutiny will start with the executive branch, and that he was heartened to hear that the national police commissioner announced a similar plan for the "high echelon" of the police.
South Africa’s new leader winning fans with morning exercise
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa is winning some fans with his habit of early-morning jogs and walks in which he chats and takes selfies with the public.
Ramaphosa, who took office last week after Jacob Zuma resigned, walked with a crowd for nearly six kilometers (3.7 miles) in the Cape Town area early Tuesday. He also jogged along the city's waterfront and stopped for selfies with passers-by during South Africa's power transition late last week.
South Africa steps up action against Zuma-linked family
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities are escalating an anti-corruption drive against a business family linked to former president Jacob Zuma, saying they could seek Interpol's help to track suspects believed to be out of the country.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said in an interview with state broadcaster SABC on Sunday that the search for several suspects, including a member of the Gupta family, is focusing on India, China or Dubai.
Pistorius prosecutor sets sights on South Africa’s Zuma
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The former South African state prosecutor who led the case against convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius is prepared to take legal action against Jacob Zuma, the ex-president who left office last week following a series of scandals.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a message of optimism and renewal Friday in his first state of the nation address, saying it's time for South Africans to put discord behind them and that the country will "turn the tide" on corruption in state institutions this year.
South African president pledges to “turn tide” on corruption
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a message of optimism and renewal Friday in his first state of the nation address, saying it's time for South Africans to put discord behind them and that the country will "turn the tide" on corruption in state institutions this year.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Cyril Ramaphosa became South Africa's president with a message of clean government and inclusiveness on Thursday, stirring the hopes of many South Africans that he can reverse a corrosive period of decline and division under his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.
South African limbo ends with new president, Cyril Ramaphosa
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Cyril Ramaphosa became South Africa's president with a message of clean government and inclusiveness on Thursday, stirring the hopes of many South Africans that he can reverse a corrosive period of decline and division under his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.
The Latest: Ramaphosa takes oath as South Africa’s president
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa's leadership transition (all times local):
Cyril Ramaphosa has taken the oath of office as South Africa's president after his election in parliament.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presided over the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday at the presidential office in Cape Town. Mogoeng congratulated Ramaphosa and shook his hand as onlookers applauded.
Ramaphosa aims to lead South Africa out of corruption swamp
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Up from Soweto township to become a leading anti-apartheid activist and then wealthy businessman, Cyril Ramaphosa has been a central figure in South Africa's tumultuous history before becoming the country's president Thursday.
Astute and articulate, the 65-year-old former deputy president marshalled the forces that brought scandal-swamped Jacob Zuma to resign late Wednesday and now faces the challenge of rejuvenating one of Africa's most powerful economies.
South African President Zuma succumbs to pressure, resigns
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday in a televised address to the nation, ending a turbulent tenure marred by corruption scandals that sapped the popularity of the ruling African National Congress and hurt one of Africa's biggest economies.
Scandals finally catch up with South Africa’s Zuma
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As scandal after scandal unfolded, South African President Jacob Zuma maintained an affable demeanor in public, rallying his support base, dispatching lawyers to fend off court challenges and, it is alleged, enabling his corrupt associates.
The Latest: South Africa’s ANC welcomes Zuma’s departure
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa's leadership crisis (all times local):
South Africa's ruling party is welcoming the resignation of President Jacob Zuma after months of growing public anger over multiple corruption allegations.
The African National Congress is expressing gratitude for Zuma's "loyal service" and is encouraging party members to support Cyril Ramaphosa, who is now the country's acting president.
South Africa’s ruling party finally turns against Zuma
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's ruling party on Tuesday disowned President Jacob Zuma after sticking with him through years of scandals, ordering him to resign in an attempt to resolve a leadership crisis that has disrupted government business in one of Africa's biggest economies.
The Latest: South Africa Cabinet meeting postponed in crisis
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa's leadership crisis (all times local):
South Africa's government says a regular Cabinet meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed amid the turmoil over embattled President Jacob Zuma.
The government says a new date for the meeting will be announced "in due course."
AP Explains: South Africa’s leader is told to go. What now?
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The leadership of South Africa's ruling party says it wants President Jacob Zuma to resign promptly and bring an end to political uncertainty and months of anger over multiple scandals. The African National Congress expects Zuma to respond on Wednesday to its decision, taken after lengthy private talks between the president and his likely successor, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. But what if the president continues to resist the calls to step down? Here's a look at what might happen next.
ANC committee deliberates on South African leader’s fate
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans on Monday awaited an end to a period of political limbo in which President Jacob Zuma has remained in office despite calls for him to resign because of corruption allegations.
AP Explains: Who’s in charge in South Africa these days?
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans are anxious over what could be the last stage of scandal-swamped President Jacob Zuma's tenure. The executive committee of the ruling African National Congress party met Monday over the calls for Zuma's presidency to end.
The ANC's new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, said the executive committee meeting would finalize a power transition in South Africa. Ramaphosa held several meetings with Zuma to negotiate the terms of the president's departure from power.
South Africa’s Ramaphosa says power transfer to be finalized
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's deputy president consolidated his control of the government on Sunday, promising to conclude a power transition in which he would succeed President Jacob Zuma, who faces widespread calls to resign because of corruption allegations.
South Africa’s ANC losing support amid Zuma uncertainty
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The chairman of South Africa's ruling party on Saturday tried to ease national anxiety about President Jacob Zuma's fate, saying the country should be patient and wait for a conclusion to private talks with the embattled leader about his possible resignation.
Zuma is under heavy pressure to quit because of corruption scandals and has been engaged in days of confidential negotiations about a power transition with Cyril Ramaphosa, his deputy and expected successor.