Court actions put South Africa's Parliament under the spotlight

Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete invoked Section 11 during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address on February 12. Photo©ReutersA South African court has ruled that an order by the country's Speaker of Parliament to have security forces eject rowdy opposition members was unconstitutional, as the legislature increasingly finds itself under the spotlight.

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South Africa: No confidence vote against Jacob Zuma dismissed

DA's parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko tabled a motion of no confidence in Zuma in November 2012/Photo©Getty ImagesSouth African opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) suffered a blow on Tuesday when the Constitutional Court on Tuesday dismissed its application to have a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma debated in Parliament.

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South Africa's DA isn't even remotely a white party any more - Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko Parliamentary leader, Democratic Alliance, South Africa/Photo©KEVIN SUTHERLAND/SUNDAY TIMES/GALLO IMAGES/GETTYThe young parliamentary leader of the Democratic Alliance is taking the fight to Jacob Zuma and the ANC government. She believes it's only a matter of time before the ANC vote drops below 50 percent.

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Libya: A power change that tells of fissures

Mustafa Abu Shagur, Libya's first elected Prime Minister since last year’s overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi/Photo©ReutersLibya's Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur has been voted out of office four weeks after he came into power following intense pressure on the transitional government to stop worsening lawlessness.

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South African officials face tough questions over Selebi's release

Selebi was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for corruption and accepting money from a suspected drug trafficker/Photo/ReutersPrison officials in South Africa will face a litany of questions from Parliamentarians this week around the release of former police boss Jackie Selebi who was released from prison on medical grounds recently.


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