South Africa: Court orders removal of Electoral Commission Head

SA sourt says Electoral Commission chairperson, Pansy Tlakula compromised the integrity of the commissionBarely a day into the fifth parliament, new members of South Africa's legislature will have to deal with an issue no other parliamentarian has had to deal with since the dawn of the country's democracy in 1994.

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ANC losing parliamentary seats in South Africa's elections

Photo©ReutersSouth Africans have confounded skeptics with a higher than expected voter turnout during the country's fifth democratic elections.

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South Africa: Modelling the future ANC

Core support for the ANC is strong enough to make the outcome of 7 May’s election a foregone conclusion. Photo©STR/EPA/CORBISThe African National Congress (ANC) looks towards another five years in power. Whether it knows what to do with this power is another question.

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South Africa: Personal insults and baby-kissing as election campaign reaches fever pitch

DA's Helen Zille campaigns ahead of elections. Photo©ReutersElectioneering is heating up in the lead up to South Africa's May 7 elections – as personal insults, questionable text messages, banned television advertisements, kissing babies and bizarrely a presidential candidate climbing up a pole – characterising the campaign period.

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The ANC takes on all comers

He is the face on the election posters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), but other political and domestic commitments have held back President Jacob Zuma from doing much campaigning.

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South Africa is better off today - Mantashe

Gwede Mantashe Secretary general, African National Congress. Photo©Getty ImagesGwede Mantashe Secretary general of the African National Congress refuses to see the challenges the 102 year-old political movement face from new opposition players like Economic Freedom Fighters or Agang SA in this year's election, arguing that he does not "want two-thirds [but] three-thirds [of the votes] for the ANC."

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South Africa: A failed marriage, a wary union and the ANC

Photo©ReutersAs South Africans ponder the failed DA-Agang attempt at constructing a hybrid political machine that did not run mainly on racial fuel, an alliance of the country's politically inclined labour unions appears to be holding.

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South Africa: On the road with the ANC

Mantashe is a veteran campaigner for the ANC, here in East Rand, Johannesburg, 2011. Photo@Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesThe Africa Report takes you on a guided tour of Western Cape Province, where, in November, ANC secretary general Mantashe was urging new voters to register and rallying the party's base.

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South Africa's failed political marriage

The political marriage had seen the two leaders kiss and hug on national television. Photo©ReutersIt was a political marriage that many called a "game changing" moment for South Africa.

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South Africa: Mixed reactions over Agang-DA, Ramphele presidential bid

Mamphela Ramphele has accepted an offer to lead the Democratic Alliance (DA) in South Africa's elections. Photo©ReutersAgang leader, Mamphela Ramphele has accepted an offer to lead the Democratic Alliance (DA) in South Africa's elections due sometime this year, the two parties announced Tuesday. The announcement has been described as a game changer in South Africa's politics, but some analysts are not convinced.

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SA opposition unites for 2014 polls

Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that Agang leader and struggle veteran Mamphele Ramphele would be its presidential candidateSouth Africa's official opposition on Tuesday announced that it was roping in a rival opposition leader to be its presidential candidate in this year's elections.

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Who speaks for South Africa's poor?

Photo©Alexander Joe/AFPThe ANC has traditionally been the party of the poor, but union leaders say that rings hollow today. Amid a new wave of strikes they claim the ruling party is in the pocket of business and investors. So who will the workers turn to with their vote?

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Alarming crime statistics released in South Africa

File Photo©ReutersNewly released South African crime statistics indicate that crime is on the rise in the African nation, with security experts saying these are the "worst figures seen in 10 years".

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South Africa: Desmond Tutu endorses Ramphele's new political party

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in recent years, has become a fierce critic of the ruling ANC talking publicly about the “cancer in society”- corruption Anti-apartheid veteran and cleric, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he supports Mamphele Ramphele's move to form a political party and welcomed the new arrival in the South African political landscape.

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New political party, South Africa first formed

Members of the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) salute in front of posters of former presidents of the African National Congress (ANC), Nelson Mandela (L) and Thabo Mbeki, during the ANC's centenary celebration in Bloemfontein Jan. 8, 2012/Photo©SIPHIWE SIBEKO/ReutersYet another political party has been formed in South Africa to challenge the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ahead of next year's elections.

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South Africans are desperate for change - Mamphela Ramphele

Leader of Agang, Mamphela RampheleA leader of South Africa's newest political entity says citizens are desperate for change amid corruption and patronage, but they are not comfortable raising such concerns.

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