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ANC Wins 5th Election in South Africa

Jacob Zuma's party holds on, but misses two-thirds majority

(Newser) - The party of President Jacob Zuma today coasted to its fifth consecutive election victory in South Africa, but missed a two-thirds majority and saw the main opposition party gain some ground, the Guardian reports. With more than 99% of votes counted, the African National Congress had 62.2% (a 3.... More »

Still 'Unstable,' Nelson Mandela Leaves Hospital

Home set up to handle intensive health needs

(Newser) - Nelson Mandela was discharged from the hospital today while still in critical condition and was driven in an ambulance to his Johannesburg home, which has been set up to provide intensive care, South Africa's presidency said. On a sunny but cold morning, an ambulance took the anti-apartheid leader home... More »

Mandela Turns 95; Said to Be Improving

World celebrates with service

(Newser) - It's Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, and the anti-apartheid leader remains in the hospital—but South African President Jacob Zuma says his health is "steadily improving," the BBC reports. Mandela's daughter, Zindzi, echoed the sentiment, saying he was "making remarkable progress and we look forward... More »

What to Look for as Obama Tours Africa

Nelson Mandela reportedly on life support

(Newser) - President Obama has arrived in Senegal, the first of three countries he'll visit during his African tour—the other two being Tanzania and South Africa, the Wall Street Journal reports. His trip comes at a heavy moment for South Africa, the New York Times notes, with Nelson Mandela said... More »

Mandela's Condition Turns Critical

President says condition has deteriorated in past 24 hours

(Newser) - The South African presidency says the health condition of Nelson Mandela has become critical. The office of President Jacob Zuma said that the president had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader this evening and was informed by the medical team that Mandela's condition had become critical in the past 24... More »

Mandela Again Hospitalized With Lung Infection

Second hospitalization this month for South African leader

(Newser) - Weeks after returning home from the hospital, Nelson Mandela was admitted again last night for a lung infection. South African president Jacob Zuma is calling on the world to offer its support to the 94-year-old icon, NBC News reports: "We appeal to the people of South Africa and the... More »

8 Cops Who Dragged Man From Truck Suspended

South Africa's Jacob Zuma: incident 'horrific' and 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - Eight South African police officers have been suspended after being caught on video dragging a man from the back of a pickup truck, Reuters reports. The station commander is set to be removed, a commissioner says. "We would like to assure the country and the world that what is... More »

Zuma: Mandela Has Recovered

Says 94-year-old icon 'continues to improve'

(Newser) - South Africa's president says that Nelson Mandela has recovered from his recent lung infection and surgical procedure to remove gallstones. South African President Jacob Zuma issued a statement today announcing that doctors say that Mandela, 94, has made "steady progress and that clinically, he continues to improve."... More »

Nelson Mandela Hospitalized, 'Comfortable'

Jacob Zuma visits 94-year-old former president

(Newser) - South Africans prayed today for the health of former President Nelson Mandela and anxiously awaited further word about the anti-apartheid leader after he was admitted to a military hospital. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela this morning at the hospital in Pretoria and found the frail 94-year-old to be "comfortable... More »

South Africa Reels as Mine Shooting Toll Hits 35

President Zuma 'shocked and dismayed' by violence

(Newser) - The death toll has risen to more than 35 in yesterday's shooting of striking South African miners by police, which has become one of the deadliest confrontations since the end of apartheid, reports the Telegraph . The country's police minister says many others were injured and the toll is... More »

'Obscene' Zuma Painting Case Heads to Court

It 'presents me as a womanizer, philanderer,' says South African president

(Newser) - The ruling South African party is heading to court today to support President Jacob Zuma's demand that an "obscene" painting of him be censored. The painting, which was vandalized earlier this week at a Johannesburg gallery, features Zuma with his genitals exposed. It's "rude, crude, and... More »

Mandela, 93, Home After Surgery

Nobel laureate doing 'as fine as can be at his age'

(Newser) - Nelson Mandela has been released from a South African hospital after a laparoscopy "did not indicate anything seriously wrong" with the 93-year-old democracy icon, President Jacob Zuma said today in a statement. Mandela was hospitalized yesterday with an abdominal complaint, but the AP notes that Zuma's statement says... More »

Zulus Urged to Switch to Fake Fur

Biologist looks to save endangered leopards with synthetic pelts

(Newser) - A leopard can't change its spots, but can South Africa's Zulus trade their traditional leopard-pelt adornments for a cheap knockoff? For the sake of protecting the country's dwindling population of the big cats, conservation biologist Tristan Dickerson hopes they can. Dickerson has created a fake version he... More »

Michelle Obama, Girls Visit Nelson Mandela

Daughters, mother join her on South African trip

(Newser) - Arriving in South Africa today, Michelle Obama met Nelson Mandela for the first time and said her husband was unhappy he couldn’t join them. “Michelle Obama certainly convinced the dignitaries she is excited to be here, and said her husband is 'pouty' that he isn't,”... More »

Libya Rebels Skunk AU Peace Plan

African Union proposal would have left Gadhafi in power

(Newser) - Despite a sudden rush of defections from Moammar Gadhafi's forces, with five generals and up to 120 officers joining the rebels in recent days, the latest push for a peace agreement by South Africa's president appears to be dead on arrival, reports the LA Times . Jacob Zuma met... More »

Zuma Sues Newspaper for $730K Over Rape Cartoon

He's just getting cartoon more publicity, argues newspaper lawyer

(Newser) - South African President Jacob Zuma is suing a political cartoonist, the former editor-in-chief of the Johannesburg Sunday Times, and Avusa Media for showing him about to rape a blindfolded woman representing justice. The husband of multiple wives is seeking $730,000 for humiliation, degradation, and damage to his reputation. The... More »

Zuma Sex Scandal Spices up World Cup

One of Zuma's wives 'pregnant by bodyguard'

(Newser) - With the biggest sporting event in South African history just days away, it'd take a pretty big scandal to knock the World Cup off the country's front pages—and the country's press has delivered. One of the three wives of polygamous president Jacob Zuma's is pregnant by one of her... More »

Zuma Scrambles to Defuse Racial Tensions

S. Africa leader warns against violence after killing

(Newser) - South African President Jacob Zuma appealed for calm yesterday as growing racial tensions in South Africa sparked fears of violence in the wake of the killing of white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche. Zuma called the murder a "terrible deed" and urged South Africans not to fall prey to "agent... More »

Foe Rips Zuma as 'Sex Addict' Like Tiger Woods

South African President Needs Help, Says Disgusted Critic

(Newser) - Man-of-many-wives South African President Jacob Zuma is a "sex addict" who needs treatment like Tiger Woods, said a disgusted member of parliament after Zuma had his 20th child. The baby was born outside a generous wedlock that includes three wives (and another on the way). Zuma is coming under... More »

South African President Fathers 20th Child

Polygamist Jacob Zuma welcomed daughter before 3d marriage

(Newser) - South African president Jacob Zuma became a father for the 20th time when a friend's daughter gave birth to a baby girl in October. Zuma, 67, later married his third wife and is planning a wedding to a fourth woman, neither of them the baby's mother, the Times of London... More »

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