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The battle for South Africa's Soul

Photo©Radu Sigheti/ReutersWith the ruling African National Congress certain of victory in the coming national elections, attention turns to the countervailing forces within the party, and to voters who differ sharply over their country's future political direction.

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South Africa's President Zuma expresses dismay at ally's call to spoil vote

South African President Jacob Zuma says he feels betrayed that his former ally and former Intelligence minister, Ronnie Kasrils has called on voters and ANC members to spoil their ballots in next month's election.

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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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Zuma's homestead upgrade: South Africa's opposition continue fight

President Zuma told people at an ANC election rally in Cape Town that he would not repay the money because he did not ask for the upgrades. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's opposition parties are putting pressure on Parliament to ensure President Jacob Zuma answers some burning questions on the millions of rands spent on his rural homestead.

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The birth of South Africa's new left?

cosatu has called for a probe into the 6 february accident at harmony Gold’s Doornkop mine. Photo©MARCO LONGARI/AFPSplits and strife pepper the political scene as the contenders rush headlong towards South Africa's national elections on 7 May.

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South Africa's President Zuma may have contravened executive ethics code

South Africa's Public Protector has released a report revealing improper use of public money on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private home, saying the president may have contravened executive ethics code.

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South Africa's Eskom says power supply "constrained but stable"

South African power utility Eskom said on Friday the power supply remained "constrained but stable" the day after it imposed rolling blackouts for the first time since 2008.

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South Africa: Union puts pressure on Zuma amid platinum strike

File photo©ReutersOne of South Africa's largest trade unions on Thursday ratcheted pressure on President Jacob Zuma's government to deal firmly with mining companies in the ongoing dispute over wages by staging a demonstration in the capital Pretoria.

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S.Africa's Eskom imposes first blackouts in six years

The South African state power utility Eskom imposed rolling blackouts for the first time since 2008 on Thursday, forcing rail networks and banks to switch to emergency generators after heavy rains soaked power station coal supplies.

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South African opposition vow to impeach President Zuma

President of South Africa, Jacob ZumaSouth Africa's opposition have criticised President Zuma's "good news" state of the nation address this week with some using the ongoing debate to call for his impeachment.

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South Africa: Andrew Chirwa, NUMSA's fearless president

NUMSA president, Andrew Chirwa. Photo© Daniel Born/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesThe new NUMSA president has launched an attack on the ruling ANC and President Jacob Zuma, calling for the government to improve the lives of the poor and stop wasteful spending.

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SA police face murder charges over mine massacre

On August 16, 2012, 34 people, mostly striking miners, were shot dead and 78 people were wounded when the police fired on a group gathered at a hill near the mine. Photo©ReutersLawyers representing families and workers killed by South African police during a strike at a platinum mine in 2012 want the law enforcement agents charged with murder.

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South African strike hits world's top platinum producers

South African mines producing half the world's platinum shut down on Thursday as the country's hardline miners union began a strike for hefty pay hikes their employers say they cannot pay.

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South Africa: Zuma pleads for another term, as his popularity falls

South African President Jacob ZumaSouth Africa's ruling ANC launched its 2014 election manifesto in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga at the weekend, pledging to address poverty and unemployment, as the economy increasingly becomes an electoral battleground.

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Africa's oldest liberation movement celebrates 102 anniversary

President Jacob ZumaSouth Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday celebrated its 102nd anniversary, with leader, President Jacob Zuma reportedly saying the party will rule the country forever.

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Hearing resumes in SA police killings case

On August 16, 2012, 34 people, mostly striking miners, were shot dead and 78 were wounded when police fired on a group gathered at a hill near the mine while attempting to disperse and disarm them. Photo©ReutersA commission of inquiry investigating the killing of 34 miners at one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines in 2012 was set to resume hearings on Monday.

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South African minister defends multi-million dollar upgrades on Zuma's homestead

Zuma has in recent weeks faced criticism over the lavish upgrades to his house. Photo©ReutersA cluster of South African security ministers all but cleared South African President Jacob Zuma of abusing state resources for the upgrade of his private rural home, although concerns remain over the cost of the refurbishments.

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More join call for South African president, Zuma to resign

South African President Jacob ZumaAnti-apartheid stalwart, Mamphele Ramphele's Agang SA's youth wing has joined the call within trade union, NUMSA for President Jacob Zuma to resign.

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Nelson Mandela gets a new statue after final goodbye

Photo©ReutersAfter 10 days of national mourning, South Africa's first post-apartheid President, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest at his childhood home, Qunu, in rural Eastern Cape on Sunday.

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Nelson Mandela dies at 95

Mandela raises his hands to quiet the crowd during a prolonged standing ovation at a specially convened Harvard University ceremonies honoring him in September 1998. Photo©ReutersNelson Mandela, the first president of a free South Africa and one of the greatest icons of the last century, has died at the age of 95.

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