Tag Archives: South Africa

South Africa: Ramaphosa elected to succeed Zuma as president

Source: United Press International

“Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa’s new president Thursday after the departure of embattled leader Jacob Zuma. The announcement of Ramaphosa, the only candidate nominated in South African Parliament Thursday, was met with singing in the National Assembly. In December, Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress. Zuma resigned Wednesday following pressure from the ANC, which said if Zuma didn’t resign by the end of the day, proceedings would begin to force him out. Ramaphosa, 65, drew international acclaim for steering talks that ended apartheid, a system of institutionalized racial segregation, and produced South Africa’s first democratic constitution. He has served as country’s deputy president since 2014.” (02/15/18)


South Africa: Zuma resigns

Source: Washington Post

“South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday, bringing to a close a nine-year tenure that has been dogged by corruption scandals and seen a steady decline in the popularity of the African National Congress, Nelson Mandela’s historic liberation movement. His resignation came after a week of intense pressure, culminating in leaders of the ruling ANC ordering him to step down on Tuesday. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced Zuma as ANC leader in December, is expected to become acting president, according to South African law.” (02/14/18)


South Africa: ANC gives Zuma 48 hours to quit, state broadcaster says

Source: Reuters

“South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) gave President Jacob Zuma 48 hours to resign as head of state on Monday after an eight-hour meeting of the party’s top leadership, the SABC state broadcaster said. Party leader Cyril Ramaphosa’s motorcade left a marathon ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at 10:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) for Zuma’s residence near the Union Buildings in Pretoria to deliver the message in person, the SABC said, citing sources. … Since Ramaphosa was elected party leader in December, Zuma has faced mounting calls from his party to end his scandal-plagued second term a year early.” (02/12/18)


South Africa: Nearly 1,000 miners trapped in gold mine

Source: Popular Mechanics

“A powerful storm has left nearly 1,000 people trapped in a mine in central South Africa. Mining officials are currently able to send food and water down to the miners but have not set a timetable on recovery. So long as ventilation remains unaffected, no one is in immediate danger. The 955 miners aren’t able to rise to the surface because of a powerful storm that hit Free State, a South African province. The thunderstorm brought down power lines near the site, leaving the mine’s elevator inoperable and its backup generators overwhelmed with a power surge. While 60 people were rescued overnight, the vast majority remain trapped.” (02/01/18)


South Africa: Cape Town tightens water limits to 50 liters per person

Source: CNN

“Cape Town — a city once at the forefront of Africa’s green movement — implemented new emergency water restrictions Thursday as the sprawling metropolis prepares for the day their taps run dry. Residents are now being asked to curb the amount of municipal water they use each day to just 50 liters (a little over 13 gallons). Only a month ago, level 6 restrictions had placed residents on a daily allowance of 87 liters (about 23 gallons), illustrating the severity of looming crisis. Dubbed Zero Day, officials estimate that if water levels continue to fall as anticipated, South Africa’s second most populous city will run out of water by April 16.” (02/01/18)


South Africa: Ramaphosa wins ANC leadership election

Source: Bloomberg

“South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa beat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a gripping battle for control of the ruling party, putting him on track to become the nation’s next leader. Ramaphosa, 65, won 52 percent of vote to 48 percent for Dlamini-Zuma, 68, the tightest margin since Nelson Mandela led the ANC to power in 1994 after the end of apartheid. The outcome is a blow to President Jacob Zuma, who backed his ex-wife to succeed him and now risks being ousted before his second term ends in 2019. A lawyer, former labor-union leader and one of the wealthiest black South Africans, Ramaphosa has pledged to revive South Africa’s stagnating economy and clamp down on the state corruption that’s marred Zuma’s almost nine-year tenure. He was the favored candidate of investors, business leaders, labor unionists and the ANC’s communist party allies.” (12/18/17)


South Africa: Court rejects Zuma’s bid to block corruption inquiry

Source: New York Times

“President Jacob G. Zuma of South Africa suffered a stinging legal defeat on Wednesday when the country’s High Court rejected his efforts to block an inquiry into accusations of influence-peddling so widespread that it is known as ‘state capture.’ The decision came days before a major gathering to choose Mr. Zuma’s successor as leader of the governing African National Congress. After the findings were read aloud in court, the public gallery burst into applause and cheers, according to local news media reports. The allegations center on accusations that Mr. Zuma has been complicit in a scheme by three businessman that allows them to influence the appointment of government ministers in order to tilt the awarding of contracts in their favor.” (12/13/17)


South Africa: Zimbabwe’s first lady accused of assault

Source: CTV News [Canada]

“The wife of Zimbabwe’s president has been accused of assaulting a young woman at an upscale Johannesburg hotel, and local media reported that she was due to appear in court on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear where Grace Mugabe was. Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula said in a video posted by local broadcaster eNCA that she had handed herself over to police. But a police spokesman, Vishnu Naidoo, later said no arrest had been made and police were talking with the suspect’s lawyers. … Twenty-year-old model Gabriella Engels has accused Grace Mugabe of assaulting her Sunday night while she was visiting Mugabe’s sons in a hotel room in an upscale Johannesburg suburb. She claims the first lady’s bodyguards stood by and watched as Mugabe attacked her. Engels posted several photos on social media showing a gash in her forehead, which she called a result of the alleged encounter.” (08/15/17)


South Africa: Zuma survives no-confidence vote

Source: CBS News

“South Africa’s parliament voted against a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma by just over 20 votes Tuesday. Despite the fact that Zuma remains president, the 177-198 vote sends a strong message that there is a crisis within the ruling African National Congress party, or ANC, and signals that his position within the party has been severely weakened. … This latest motion comes after Zuma fired his finance minister, the widely respected and fiscally responsible Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan is a veteran member of the ruling class but was openly critical of Zuma, accusing him of rampant corruption that has enriched both himself and his acolytes. The difference with Tuesday’s vote was that it was cast in secret. Members of the ANC were able to vote according to their conscience without fear of reprisal if they rebelled against the party’s instruction to support Zuma.” (08/08/17)


Does classical liberalism have a chance in South Africa?

Source: Cato Institute
by Marian L Tupy

“The World Economic Forum in Davos has ranked South Africa’s healthcare as 132nd out of 144 countries surveyed. The country’s Corruption Perception Index ranking fell from 21st in 1994 to 62nd in 2015. And, according to The Economist, South Africa’s education system is ‘one of the worst in the world.’ The question on everyone’s mind, therefore, is: What will the ANC do before the next general election in 2019? Will it observe South Africa’s democratic Constitution, freedom of the press, and the independence of the courts and of the Electoral Commission? If so, it will almost certainly be defeated and have to retreat into opposition. A break-up of the tripartite alliance, which is held together by political patronage, would be certain to follow. Or, will the ANC-led tripartite alliance opt for the ‘Zimbabwe option’ and attempt to steal the 2019 election?” (06/20/17)