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A Saint Valentine's Day massacre, of sorts



After Zuma's messy fall, new President Ramaphosa has to revive the economy, social welfare and his party

When it came, the end for Jacob Zuma came quickly. A week before, he was brusquely rebuffing polite entreaties by senior African National Congress politicians to resign from the state presidency. It all changed on 14 February, St. Valentine's Day. It started at dawn when the special investigation unit raided the Guptas' sprawling mansion in Johannesburg's leafy northern suburbs from which the family is accused of running a kind of parallel government in league with Zuma.


Zuma goes down fighting

The ANC reaches crunch point in the Zexit talks as the State President goes to the wire trying to ease the terms for his departure

The African National Congress has decided to remove President Jacob Zuma from office after a tenure dogged by corruption, scandal and economic stagnation. The dramatic decision cam...


Rival Arab powers take their fight to Africa

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Two Middle Eastern power blocs are buying friends and influence in the Horn but further damaging prospects for stability there

Saudi Arabia's and the United Arab Emirates' military dealmaking in the Horn of Africa is deepening rivalries in a region already overflowing with arms. This year, there has been a...

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The goodbye gets longer

After weeks of messy negotiations, Jacob Zuma is due to quit this month but will be spending more time with his lawyers

The latest deadline for Jacob Zuma's exit from the Presidency is 21 February. On that day the budget is due to be read in parliament, according to Baleka Mbete, Speaker of Parliame...


Rumblings in the regions

Veteran soldier-politicians, agitated by the clashes between farmers and herdsmen and a poor economy, urge Buhari not to run again


Jockeying for position

With presidential elections two years away, ambitious politicians in the ruling party are manoeuvring to inherit Ouattara's mantle


El Sisi's shrinking circle

The President sacked his spy chief a day before announcing his re-election bid. The narrowing of his inner circle betrays jitters


Lungu's costly power play

Extending his time in office is the President's chief priority although a debt crisis looms amid volatile party realignments


Flying blind

The US sale of ground-attack aircraft is hugely expensive and is of doubtful strategic value in the fight against Boko Haram


Weah's known unknowns

The new leader is the first civilian president to win a peaceful transfer of power in seven decades. Other 'firsts' lie ahead


Strains on the front line

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Opération Pagnali signals a cross-national resolve to fight jihadists, but gaps in command and control may unsettle the G5's future


Cycle of broken deals

Ceasefire violations, threats of sanctions and censorship in Juba will accompany the fighting in the absence of outside intervention