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Skeletons in the closet, loyalty to the party and South Africa’s political landscape

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With South Africa’s 2019 national elections looming overhead, its political landscape has not caught a break as each month, and even week, that passes another ‘skeleton in the closet’ comes out to shock the public.

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South Africa: ANC's coalition overtures rejected, loses metros

Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema. Photo© Herman Verwey/AP/SIPASouth Africa's ruling African National Congress' efforts to hang on to three major metros after a disappointing performance in recent local government elections suffered a major blow on Wednesday after a break-away party rebuffed coalition overtures.

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Gloom and despair as South Africa commemorates 4th anniversary of Marikana massacre

A mine worker takes part in a commemoration near Marikana in Rustenburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Photo©Themba Hadebe/AP/SIPASouth Africa's Association of Mineworkers (AMCU) has told the ruling ANC it has no right to attend the fourth anniversary of the Marikana massacre, where up to 34 mineworkers were shot and killed by the police following a labour standoff with a mining company.

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All eyes on SA's public protector selection

Thuli Madonsela made her mark on the South Africa's political landscape after she said Zuma should pay back some of the money used in upgrades at his Nkandla home. Photo©Stuart Graham/AP/SIPASouth Africa will this week begin a process of replacing outgoing public watchdog, Thuli Madonsela, whose term is coming to end and this has generated public interest, as she famously took on President Jacob Zuma accusing him of benefitting unduly from taxpayers' money.

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ANC breakaway party emerges kingmaker after close polls

Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema, centre, smiles during a news conference at the election results center in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. Photo©Herman Verwey/AP/SIPAA breakaway party of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has emerged a kingmaker following last week's hotly contested local government elections.

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South Africa's ANC suffers major setbacks in local elections

Photo©Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPASouth Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) suffered some setbacks in Wednesday's local government elections, with early trends showing its supporters may have stayed away, with Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma's local ward, shockingly falling to Inkatha Freedom Party.

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Polling the people of South Africa

Ahead of the August local elections, The Africa Report organised a survey to take the temperature of South Africans' attitudes to a range of political and economic issues.

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South Africa's city hall cliffhanger

Photo©MICHAEL SHEEHAN/AFPAs municipal elections hit the country on 3 August, Nelson Mandela Bay is a litmus test for the ANC. If Mayor Jordaan has shored up some of the party's popularity locally, deep faultlines of poverty and discontent make this a knife-edge contest with national repercussions.

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Zuma sweats as South Africa votes

Photo©Denis Farrell/AP/SIPATens of millions of South Africans braved the winter chill to post their ballots in the country's local elections, widely seen as a litmus test for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and its corruption-tarnished leader Jacob Zuma.

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Special voting begins in South Africa's local elections

Photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAAll eyes will be on South Africa this week, as millions head to the polls in what many describe as the most crucial local government election since the end of apartheid.

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South Africa parliament vets public protector nominees

SA's outgoing public prosecutor, Thuli Madonsela. Photo©Stuart Graham/AP/SIPAA South African parliamentary committee has whittled down the number of candidates to replace the country's popular public protector Thuli Madonsela to 14 from a staggering 62 aspirants.

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South African president Zuma's appeal denied

President Jacob Zuma. Photo©Themba Hadebe/AP/SIPASouth African President Jacob Zuma's efforts to avoid trial on corruption charges have once again failed after a court dismissed an appeal to have the charges withdrawn.

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South Africa's political risks may derail economy, says Standard & Poor's

Pravin Gordhan, South Africa's finance minister. Photo©ReutersStandard & Poor's said on Monday that political upheaval might derail South Africa's economy and that it expected that risk to intensify ahead of local government elections on 3 August, although it does not anticipate a recession.

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South Africa awaits another ratings assessment amid Gordhan and Zuma tension

President Zuma says the positive response indicates that they realise South Africa is a nation at work. Photo©Ivan Sekretarev/AP/SIPASouth Africa dodged an investment ratings downgrade to "junk status" by Standard & Poor's on Friday but with a new Fitch assessment due later this week, that relief may be shortlived.

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No recession for South Africa

Ratings firm S&P Global Ratings said on Monday it does not see South Africa's economy slipping into a recession soon but warned that economic reforms had to be implemented to avoid a downgrade in December.

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South Africa: Tough search for public prosecutor, Thuli Madonsela's successor begins

Thuli Madonsela. Photo/AP/SIPALove or hate her, South Africa's corruption watchdog, Thuli Madonsela has made her mark on the country's politics.

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South Africa's prosecutor say Zuma's case must be challenged

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma. Photo©Themba Hadebe/AP/SIPASouth Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it will appeal a High Court decision settings aside the withdrawal of a number of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

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South Africa plans to speed up land redistribution

File photo©Denic Farrell/AP/SIPASouth Africa's government is planning to impose limits on farm sizes to free up parcels of land to hand over to blacks, a minister said on Saturday, giving an insight into the workings of a divisive redistribution scheme.

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South Africa opposition leader fears ANC poll rigging

United Democratic Movement (UDM) president Bantu Holomisa. Photo©Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP/SIPAA South African opposition leader says he has lost faith in the country's independent electoral body as the country gears for high stakes local government elections later this year.

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South Africa legislature passes law paving way for land seizures

President Jacob Zuma is expected to sign the Bill into law soonSouth Africa's lower house has passed a law that will allow government to seize land for redistribution to landless people to address skewed historical ownership patterns but the move is stoking fresh political disputes in the country.

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