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Zuma defies the ANC, refuses to resign

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s ruling ANC party was locked in closed-door discussions on Monday night, wrangling over the fate of Jacob Zuma after the scandal-tainted president refused to resign. The party’s powerful 107-member national executive committee (NEC) met at a hotel outside Pretoria, but gave no official …

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S. Africa’s Ramaphosa admits ‘disunity’ as Zuma fights exit

Cape Town, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s ruling party leader Cyril Ramaphosa admitted Sunday to “disunity and discord” within the African National Congress as it struggled to remove scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma from power. Ramaphosa, 65, said he wanted to replace “a period of difficulty, disunity and discord” …

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Ramaphosa to address rally as S.Africa deadlock tightens

Cape Town, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s president-in-waiting Cyril Ramaphosa will address a major ANC party rally in Cape Town Sunday as the country is gripped by the deadlock over talks to oust scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma from office. With Zuma refusing a party request to resign, the …

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S.Africa’s Ramaphosa vows ‘speedy’ decision on Zuma’s fate

Cape Town, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday vowed a “speedy resolution” to talks on the future of embattled leader Jacob Zuma, expected to step down after mounting political turmoil. President Zuma is under growing pressure to quit in favour of Ramaphosa, his deputy …

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S.Africa’s Zuma clings on in face of uncertainty

Cape Town, South Africa | AFP | South Africans were facing political uncertainty on Wednesday after the ruling ANC party cancelled a meeting that could have removed embattled President Jacob Zuma from office. Zuma is under growing pressure to resign in favour of his deputy and African National Congress party …

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Pressure mounts for Ramaphosa to replace Zuma immediately

S.Africa’s Zuma holds talks with likely successor as exit looms Cape Town, South Africa | AFP | Scandal-tainted South African President Jacob Zuma, who is under growing pressure to resign, held “fruitful” talks on Tuesday with his likely successor Cyril Ramaphosa, the ruling ANC party said. The ANC said that …

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ANALYSIS: South Africa now has two centres of power

Roger Southall | AFRICAN ARGUMENTS | Rumours that President Jacob Zuma has instructed the South African National Defence Force to draw up plans for implementing a state of emergency may or may not be true. Nonetheless they are evidence of South Africa’s current febrile political atmosphere. Any assumption that yesterday’s election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the new leader …

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Ramaphosa revives youth hopes in S.Africa’s Soweto

Soweto, South Africa | AFP | Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory in the ANC leadership battle has sparked renewed hope among many in South Africa’s Soweto township where he grew up — and where frustration with the party has been mounting. “He is a model because he is one person that came …

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Ramaphosa faces new battles as head of S.Africa’s ANC

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa faced wide-ranging challenges Tuesday after being elected to lead the country’s ruling party as it grapples with corruption allegations and disunity. He narrowly won the vote to become head of the African National Congress (ANC) on Monday after …

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Ramaphosa: Trade unionist, tycoon and now president-in-waiting

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Cyril Ramaphosa’s long and eventful career has taken him from trade union activist to multi-millionaire and now to within touching distance of the South African presidency. After South Africa dismantled apartheid, Ramaphosa saw his hopes for the country’s top job dashed. True to his pragmatic …

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