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South Africa

Population: 56.72 mn.
GDP: $395.42 bn.
Debt: $176.33 bn.

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Who runs KwaZulu-Natal?

Our correspondents look at the leading politicians and their parties in the country’s most volatile and second most populous province

The African National Congress is dominant in KwaZulu-Natal, with 44 seats in the 80-seat provincial legislature, while its nearest rival, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has just 1...


Anatomy of a failed insurrection

Recovery from the violence, looting and sabotage is likely to be slow amid spiralling joblessness and with the ringleaders apparently still at large

A confluence of widespread economic despair, hunger and protest sparked by the jailing of former South African President Jacob Zuma, began with a deliberate act of sabotage. On 9 J...


Relief as Zuma surrenders

After organising a mass rally to back his defiance of the Constitutional Court, ex-president Zuma was arrested on 7 July

At the stroke of midnight and after hours of negotiating with senior officers, ex-President Jacob Zuma handed himself over to police on 7 July. He now starts a 15-month sentence fo...


The urgency of now

The President speeds up reform on power, the state airlines and the ports but laments that the tempo remains far too slow

With two quick-fire announcements on 11 and 12 June, President Cyril Ramaphosa broke with ruling party orthodoxy and threw a lifeline to the ailing power industry and state airline...


More time for the truth

Three years of testimony on a decade of political and corporate crime are to be followed by a wave of prosecutions

Few countries have had more thoroughgoing probes of their business and political classes but a bigger test is coming next. Can the governing African National Congress shut out the...


Fightback lands in the courts

President Ramaphosa will see off the legal challenges from Ace Magashule's camp but it will be messy and expensive

Political support for the fightback against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his allies in the African National Congress is eroding day by day. The last act of the drama is being play...


Magashule overplays his hand

After sidelining his main rival, President Ramaphosa has to take tough decisions on state companies, energy policy and jobs

There was no hint of triumphalism in Cyril Ramaphosa's measured speech on 10 May at the end of a dramatic three-day National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that saw his main opp...

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The battle over the bench

A bid to impeach a senior judge is part of the wider fight between loyalists of President Ramaphosa and his predecessor

It has taken 13 years for the Judicial Conduct Tribunal of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) to recommend the impeachment of Western Cape Judge President, Justice John Hlophe,...


The state capturers fight back

Corrupt officials and business allies are running multi-billion dollar rackets in state companies, derailing attempts at reform

The beneficiaries of what could be over 100 billion rand (US$6.8bn) of 'irregular spending' in the country's rickety state-owned companies over the past three years are pushing bac...


Kingdom in peril

The death of the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, promises turmoil for the already volatile province of KwaZulu-Natal

The death of King Goodwill Zwelithini, 72, from Covid-19 complications on 12 March, without agreement on how the succession should be managed will complicate the kingdom's already ...


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