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South Africa’s ANC leans towards unity government but meets resistance

South Africa’s ANC leans towards unity government but meets resistance

THE African National Congress is leaning towards trying to form a government of national unity for South Africa, it said, but the second-largest party said it would not join a government that included some of its smaller rivals. The ANC, which has run the country since Nelson Mandela led it to victory in the 1994 elections that marked the end of apartheid, lost its parliamentary majority in last week's election for the first time in the democratic era. Punished by voters over persistent poverty and joblessness, rampant crime, rolling power blackouts and corruption, the ANC is still the largest party…
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South Africa’s president urges unity as ANC support plunges

South Africa’s president urges unity as ANC support plunges

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa called on South Africa's political parties to work together for the good of the country as final results from last week's election confirmed his African National Congress had lost its majority for the first time. The result, announced on Sunday, is the worst election showing for the ANC - Africa's oldest liberation movement, once led by Nelson Mandela - since it came to power 30 years ago, ending white minority rule. Voters, angry at joblessness, inequality and rolling blackouts, slashed support for the ANC to 40.2%, down from 57.5% in the previous 2019 parliamentary vote. Official results showed…
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South Africa’s Ramaphosa promises to ‘do better’ as election looms

South Africa’s Ramaphosa promises to ‘do better’ as election looms

SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to do more on issues including jobs and state welfare as he campaigned ahead of elections next week that polls suggest could loosen the African National Congress' 30-year grip on power. Political parties are holding rallies in the final weekend before the national and provincial elections on May 29, which Ramaphosa called one of the most important in the country's history. If poll predictions prove accurate, the ANC, which has faced corruption scandals, a sky-high unemployment rate and economic stagnation, could win less than 50% of the vote. Such an outcome would mean it would have to seek…
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Who will lead South Africa after the May 29 election?

Who will lead South Africa after the May 29 election?

SOUTH Africa's May 29 election looks set to be the most tightly contested since the end of apartheid, with opinion polls suggesting that the governing African National Congress may lose its majority for the first time after 30 years in power. The ANC is still expected to win the largest share of the vote, so its leader President Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to remain in office unless he faces an internal challenge if the party is perceived to have performed badly. If it falls short of a majority, it will have to negotiate a coalition or some other form of deal with other parties.…
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South Africa election: Who are ANC and other rival parties vying for power?

South Africa election: Who are ANC and other rival parties vying for power?

SOUTH Africa's election on May 29 could bring momentous change, with polls suggesting the ruling African National Congress is likely to lose its majority after 30 years in power. The following are key facts about the ANC and rival parties, including smaller ones that could play a pivotal role in forming a coalition government, should the opportunity arise. AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS The ANC enjoys rock-solid loyalty from many Black South Africans, especially older voters, due to its heroic past as a liberation movement that helped end apartheid and usher in multi-racial democracy under the leadership of Nelson Mandela. It has won a majority…
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South Africa’s Ramaphosa calls opposition flag-burning ad ‘treasonous’

South Africa’s Ramaphosa calls opposition flag-burning ad ‘treasonous’

SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa described as "treasonous" a campaign ad by an opposition party that depicts a burning national flag, as antagonism between political parties rose three weeks before an election. The campaign ad released on Monday by the Democratic Alliance uses the burning flag as a metaphor for what it says is the grave risk of the ruling African National Congress retaining power in a coalition with left-wing parties. "I think it is treasonous," Ramaphosa told reporters during a visit to Limpopo province. "It is the most despicable political act that anyone can embark upon," he said, accusing the DA…
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South Africa extends troop deployment in Mozambique and Congo

South Africa extends troop deployment in Mozambique and Congo

SOUTH Africa's military will extend the deployment of its troops in conflict-hit Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement. The extension, for an unspecified amount of time, will keep 1,198 personnel of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in eastern Congo, where they are part of a U.N. peacekeeping force helping Congo fight rebel groups. The statement also said that 1,495 SANDF members would continue their operations in Mozambique, where they have been supporting the government's fight against violent extremism in northern areas since 2021. South Africa's military deployments abroad have come…
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South Africa’s main opposition party not ruling out deal with ANC

South Africa’s main opposition party not ruling out deal with ANC

SOUTH Africa's second most popular party the Democratic Alliance (DA) would not rule out a deal with the ruling African National Congress should the ANC fail to get the majority it needs to retain power in May elections, its leader said. Pollsters expect the ANC to lose its legislative majority on May 29 for the first time since Nelson Mandela took power at the end of apartheid 30 years ago, with voters unhappy with poor service delivery, joblessness, crime and power cuts. If that happens, President Cyril Ramaphosa or a successor for the top job would be unable to stay on without…
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South Africa will work harder, sparing neither strength nor courage, to fulfil the basic human rights of her people

South Africa will work harder, sparing neither strength nor courage, to fulfil the basic human rights of her people

THE adoption of our Constitution with its Bill of Rights by the Constitutional Assembly on the 8th of May 1996 was a great moment in our struggle to achieve a free and equal society.  As I said at the time, it marked the day our country and our people came of age. I referred to our constitution as the birth certificate of our nation. On that occasion, we proclaimed to the world that we are a society committed to democracy, to the rule of law and to the protection of human rights.  The Constitution came to be as a result…
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South African president extends central bank governor’s term, appoints new deputy

South African president extends central bank governor’s term, appoints new deputy

SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the term of central bank governor Lesetja Kganyago for another five years from November and appointed Mampho Modise as a new deputy governor of the bank, the presidency said on Friday. "The re-appointment of Governor Kganyago will ensure continuity and institutional stability at the reserve bank," the presidency said in a statement. Kganyago's term was extended to 2029, which will make him one of the longest-serving governors in democratic South Africa. He was first appointed in 2014. Modise, who is currently a deputy director-general in the National Treasury, will start her role on…
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