South Africa

Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela

South Africa celebrates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth this week with a flagship speech by former US president Barack Obama and an outpouring of memories and tributes to the late anti-apartheid leader. Obama will set the tone for the celebrations with a speech in Johannesburg on July 17 that aides say will be his most important public address since leaving the White House in 2017.

“It gives him an opportunity to lift up a message of tolerance, inclusivity and democracy at a time when there are obviously challenges to Mandela’s legacy around the world,” his aide Benjamin Rhodes said.Read More →

Cyril Ramaphosa and Muhammadu Buhari - Nigeria, South Africa News in Politics

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa: “These are acts of criminality. When we were involved in our struggle we said the South Africa that we are fighting for is the South Africa which will regard everyone who lives in South Africa on the basis of equality, respect for human rights.”Read More →

Cyril Ramaphosa and Muhammadu Buhari - Nigeria, South Africa News in Politics

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa said: “These are acts of criminality. When we were involved in our struggle we said the South Africa that we are fighting for is the South Africa which will regard everyone who lives in South Africa on the basis of equality, respect for human rights. “They can never be targeted on intentional basis as people who must either be attacked or killed.”Read More →

Duduzane Zuma - South Africa News Headline Today

Duduzane Zuma, the son of former South African president Jacob Zuma, was released on bail after appearing in court in leg-irons on Monday on charges of corruption, the biggest scalp so far in an attempt to get to the bottom of the graft allegations that swirled around his father.Read More →

Nelson Mandela - South Africa Headline News - Africa Top Story

July 18 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013. Visitors can follow in Mandela’s footsteps from the villages where he was born and raised, to the Soweto township where he became an anti-apartheid leader, to Robben Island where he was imprisoned for years.Read More →