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Justice: Former South African leader, Mbeki defends murky arms deal

Former South African President, Thabo MbekiFormer South African president, Thabo Mbeki on Friday continued giving evidence to a commission investigating the country's multibillion rand arms acquisition, which many claim was fraught with irregularity.

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Justice: All eyes on former South African President Mbeki

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki. Photo©ReutersFormer South African president Thabo Mbeki was on Thursday appearing before a commission investigating allegations of corruption in the procurement of arms during the tenure.

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What I don't accept is interference - President Paul Kagame, Rwanda

Paul Kagame President, Rwanda. Photo©Vincent Fournier for TARIn a frank interview on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the genocide, President Kagame talked about its repercussions, regional politics and the end of his last term as leader in 2017.

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Rwanda's politics by other means

5,000 peacekeepers drawn from a population of 12 million are engaged in multilateral missions. Photo©Sylvain Cherkaoui for JARwanda's transformation from a crucible of genocide into a regional peacekeeper has been an effective diplomatic anchor in a sea of troubled relationships.

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South Africa: Zuma extends land restitution claims process

President Jacob ZumaSouth African President Jacob Zuma has signed into law a bill that re-opens the land restitution claims process that closed in 1998.

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South Africa platinum union, mines sign wage deal but job cuts loom

File photo©ReutersThe world's three biggest platinum firms signed a wage deal with South Africa's AMCU union on Tuesday but said that fallout from a five-month strike made job cuts and restructuring inevitable, setting the scene for more labour turmoil.

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South Africa's crippling mining strike ends

One of South Africa's longest mining industry is coming to an end with 70 000 platinum miners expected back at work on Wednesday.

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A South African victory without a silver bullet

The face of Mandela is a priceless branding tool for the ANC; substituting that of Zuma amounts to sleight of hand. Photo©RAJESH JANTILAL/AFPNew and reformed faces? The election to watch may be in 2019. This election may have been the end of the first phase of democratic South African politics.

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South Africa: Zuma calls for private sector assistance

South African President Jacob ZumaSouth African President Jacob Zuma has repeated calls to the private sector to play a bigger role in growing the economy.

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South Africa: Zuma delivers State of the Nation address

South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday made his first public appearance since falling ill earlier this month to deliver his seventh State of the Nation address in Parliament.

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Ailing South African president to work from home

South Africa's ailing and exhausted leader, President Jacob Zuma will miss his government's first meeting, as he recovers from fatigue following last month's election.

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Politics of attendance and no-shows - Anansi

European Union and African leaders pose for a family photo during a European Union Africa summit in Brussels April 2, 2014. Photo©ReutersShowing up at a summit can be key to a politician's image and communications strategy, but the power of a well-planned absence or boycott is all too tempting for some. The sick no-shows, also, manage to use the doctrine of silence surrounding the health of African leaders to their advantage. The Europe-Africa summit in April provided just the right platform for drama brewed in the African pot.

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South Sudan requests for deployment of a regional protection force

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has called for an expeditious approval and deployment of a regional deterrence and protection force to end ongoing violations of the cessation hostilities agreement signed with his former deputy turned rebel leader, Riek Machar.

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South Africa: Zuma reshuffles cabinet

South African President Jacob Zuma has replaced well -respected Finance minister, Pravin Gordhan and promoted his deputy, Nhlanhla Nene to the key post in a surprise reshuffle.

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South Africa: First day parliamentary drama

Outgoing Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe opted not to return to politics. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's fifth democratic parliament was inaugurated on Wednesday, with Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presiding over the swearing in of 400 new legislators.

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There is a strong need for redistribution in South Africa - Zweli Mkhize

Zweli Mkhize Treasurer General, African National Congress. Photo©Daniel Boshoff for TarThe ruling party's treasurer talks to The Africa Report about political financing, ethnicity, corruption and how the ANC plans to revamp its values. Zweli Mkhize's eyes light up when he talks about his Nguni cattle – his pride and joy – and the lush fields of his home region in KwaZulu-Natal. He laughs shyly, then says he sometimes has to make excuses from important party meetings to check up on his prized bovines.

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South Africa: Bosses to take wage increase offer directly to striking miners

File Photo©ReutersLabour watchers and economists are already calling the platinum sector strikes one of the longest in post-apartheid South Africa.

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South Africa: Nelson Mandela gets a new statue

The new statue in honour of South Africa's first black president, the late Nelson Mandela was unveiled on Monday 28 April, 2014 at the country's parliament. Photo©Crystal OdersonA new statue of South Africa's first black president, the late Nelson Mandela, was unveiled at the country's parliament on Monday, as legislators paid tribute to the world icon.

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South Africa: Our goal is the abolition of poverty by 2030

Collins Chabane minister in the South African presidency for monitoring, evaluation and administration. Photo©Herman Verwey/City Press/Gallo ImaGes/Getty ImaGesConfident of victory in the May elections, top policy-makers in the African National Congress are focusing on the National Development Plan. Collins Chabane is the man who has to make it work.

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South Africa's election countdown begins

EFF leader, Julius Malema said broadcaster, SABC should allow people to judge for themselves which party to vote for instead of banning advertisements”  With less than two weeks to South Africa's elections, political parties are stepping up their campaigns to win the hearts and minds of close to 26 million registered voters.

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