• South Africa's ANC party to "recall" Jacob Zuma as president
    2018-02-13 07:12:26 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The ANC has decided to sack Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa, a senior official said on Tuesday, after a marathon meeting to determine the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela’s ‘Rainbow Nation’. The decision by the ruling party’s national executive...
  • Cape Town’s Critical Water Shortage Disaster Plan “Day Zero”
    2018-01-28 19:46:52 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s police and military will help secure water collection sites in drought-stricken Cape Town if authorities must turn off most taps on what they call “Day Zero,” a date currently projected to fall in the first half of April, the city said Sunday. Hospitals, key economic and industrial areas and densel...
  • Zimbabwe's president orders top officials to declare assets
    2018-01-23 18:23:11 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has given cabinet ministers and senior government officials until the end of February to declare their assets as new President Emmerson Mnangagwa seeks to foster transparency and fight corruption. Mnangagwa, 75, took power after Robert Mugabe was toppled by the military. He immediately promised to tackle ...
  • South African 'homeland' leader who resisted the end of apartheid dies
    2018-01-19 09:32:39 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Lucas Mangope, a leader of one of South Africa’s tribal homelands who resisted the end of apartheid, died on Thursday at the age of 94, local media reported on Friday. Mangope was president from 1977 to 1994 of Bophuthatswana, one of South Africa’s “self-governing” homelands, or bantustans - fragmented islan...
  • Zimbabwe opposition leader dies in US helicopter crash
    2018-01-19 07:31:03 UTC

    New Mexico/ Albuquerque — Authorities in the US state of New Mexico say key Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett has been killed in a helicopter crash. State Police Lieutenant Elizabeth Armijo confirmed Bennett's death on Thursday, a day after a helicopter carrying him and five others went down in a mountainous rural area of nor...
  • Zimbabwe fires more than 30 senior police commanders
    2018-01-18 19:21:36 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has fired more than 30 senior police commanders as part of a process to clean up the image of the force, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported in its online edition on Thursday quoting unnamed police sources. Police in the southern African country had become deeply unpopular for their traffic checkpoi...
  • Immigrants from Africa Boast Higher Education Levels Than Overall U.S. Population
    2018-01-13 10:19:57 UTC

    NEW YORK - Today, New American Economy (NAE) released a report on the contributions of immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa to the U.S. economy. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of African immigrants in America more than doubled - rising from roughly 723,000 people to more than 1.7 million. Power of the Purse: How Sub-Saharan African...
  • All African countries decry Trump's insult as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic"
    2018-01-13 08:01:19 UTC

    All 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations decried Donald Trump's reported remarks as "outrageous, racist, and xenophobic" on Friday, a day after US media reported that Trump had referred to African states, Haiti, and El Salvador as "s***hole countries." The UN diplomats met for an emergency session before issuing a joint stat...
  • Zimbabwe's former first lady Grace Mugabe faces arrest
    2018-01-07 03:54:07 UTC

    HARARE — Former Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe could soon be arrested over an array of corruption-related allegations as woes mount for the ex-Zanu PF women’s league boss. The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption commissioner responsible for investigations, Goodson Nguni yesterday told The Standard that the anti-graft body was already probing...
  • Harare water unsafe to drink, due to chemical shortage
    2018-01-02 08:32:35 UTC

    The mayor of Harare says a shortage of chemicals has resulted in unsafe water being pumped into residents’ homes for consumption in the Zimbabwean capital. Bernard Manyenyeni told The Herald newspaper: “Our claims that the water is chemically safe to drink will not hold if residents cannot stand the sight of frothing or foaming colo...
  • Who Is Zimbabwe’s General Constantino Chiwenga?
    2017-12-30 21:28:59 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - His wife is a beauty queen, his troops unseated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, and his motorcade is fit for a president. General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the armed forces until earlier this month, is on a roll. On Dec. 15 his 10-vehicle convoy, complete with soldiers toting AK-47 assault rifles, roared in...
  • Zimbabweans of European Origin Return to Seized Land
    2017-12-24 11:14:22 UTC

    RUSAPE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - The last time farmer Rob Smart left his land it was at gunpoint, forced out in June by riot police armed with tear gas and AK-47 assault rifles. He returned on Thursday to ululations and tears of joy from former workers and their families who were also kicked out - a jubilant return and the first sign th...
  • Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa appointed retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga as party VP
    2017-12-23 20:52:38 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga and veteran politician Kembo Mohadi as the ruling party’s vice presidents, a spokesperson said on Saturday. The appointments paved the way for the two to ascend to similar positions in government, officials said. Mnangagwa,...
  • Cyril Ramaphosa elected as new leader of the South Africa's ruling party ANC
    2017-12-18 18:02:56 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress on Monday in a close-run vote that will set the direction for the country and the scandal-plagued party that has ruled since the end of apartheid. Ramaphosa, a 65-year-old union leader who became a businessman ...
  • No Future For Grace Mugabe After Her Husband Dies
    2017-12-17 07:07:38 UTC

    <blockquote>The Catholic priest who negotiated former president Robert Mugabe’s exit had no kind words for his wife Grace and blamed her for Mugabe’s demise. Father Fidelis Mukonori told the Jesuit Review that Grace Mugabe’s greed for power was a serious contributor to her husband’s political demise. He therefore did not believe ...
  • South Africa raises subsidies to universities to 1% of GDP
    2017-12-16 16:46:53 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will raise subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as recommended by a commission on higher education funding, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. “As a result of this substantial increase in subsidy to unive...
  • Mnangagwa: ZANU-PF should aim to hold free and fair election
    2017-12-15 17:49:27 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday the ruling ZANU-PF should aim to hold free and fair elections always, while his party endorsed him as its leader and official candidate for the top job when the vote comes. The international community will be closely watching the next elections, due by the end...
  • Zimbabwe May Recoup Millions of Dollars in Diamonds Kept in Britain
    2017-12-10 21:43:02 UTC

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa could recoup millions of dollars in diamond proceeds that were siphoned to London if he mends Zimbabwe’s relations with Britain. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Mnangagwa would spearhead the mending of political relations with the regional and international communities. “Zimbabwe remains commi...
  • South African's Zodwa Wabantu not feeling secure in Zimbabwe
    2017-12-14 16:50:30 UTC

    HARARE — South African entertainer Zodwa Wabantu's latest snub of Zimbabwe for the third time in a row has shown that she no longer feels secure in the country and is clearly not interested in performing here. The entertainer was supposed to perform at Club Connect yesterday and Private Lounge in Harare on Thursday but she simply we...
  • Zimbabwe's government will Extend Amnesty on Outstanding Taxes
    2017-12-08 07:04:50 UTC

    HARARE — Zimbabwe's Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa proposed an amnesty for interest and penalties on outstanding taxes accrued prior to December 1, 2017 for taxpayers who come forward and settle their obligations within the period ending June 30, 2018. He said the amnesty comes as Government recognises t...
  • Mnangagwa swore in his cabinet giving top posts to generals
    2017-12-04 17:28:20 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa swore in his cabinet on Monday, with allies defending him against criticism for giving top posts to the generals who helped his rise to power. Sworn in as president on Nov. 24 after 93-year-old Robert Mugabe quit following a de facto military coup, Mnangagwa has also com...
  • Mugabe's finance minister Chombo faces corruption charges
    2017-11-25 21:44:10 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, among those detained by the military before Robert Mugabe resigned as president, was charged on Saturday with corruption, including trying to defraud the central bank in 2004. The court appearance was the first time Chombo had been seen in public since being detain...
  • South Africa’s Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence to 13 years and five months
    2017-11-24 08:58:28 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence on Friday to 13 years and five months after the state argued that his original sentence of six years was “shockingly lenient”. Pistorius was imprisoned in July last year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering girlfriend Reeva St...
  • Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa Told Mugabe He Will Be Safe
    2017-11-24 12:00:12 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Incoming Zimbabwe leader Emmerson Mnangagwa assured former president Robert Mugabe he and his family would be safe in the country when the two men spoke for the first time since Mnangagwa returned home this week, state media said on Friday. The State-owned The Herald newspaper said Mugabe and Mnangagwa, who is set...
  • African leaders wonder who is next after Zimbabwe’s Mugabe was forced out
    2017-11-22 18:39:59 UTC

    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hours after Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was forced out after 37 years in power, Uganda’s president, another former guerrilla in office for more than three decades, was tweeting about pay rises for civil servants and bright prospects for his army tank crews. Supporters of long-serving African leaders dismiss parallel...