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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 »

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 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 »

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 »

South Africa Prez Marries 3rd Wife Today

Zuma's multiple spouses divide nation

(Newser) - South African President Jacob Zuma, 66, is marrying his third wife today in a celebration that will be attended by leading members of his ruling ANC party, union bosses and representatives from the Communist Party. The president's polygamous marriages have divided his nation, with young people generally believing the practice... More »

Clinton: South Africa Must Push Zimbabwe to Reform

Secretary of State says no end to sanctions against Mugabe

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is in South Africa, where the secretary of State called on the continent's richest nation to pressure Zimbabwe into reform. "South Africa has 3 million refugees from Zimbabwe, and every one of those refugees represents a failure of the Zimbabwean government to care for its own people,... More »

Zuma's First Big Test: South Africa's 23% Jobless

At 23.5%, unemployment keeps nation locked in poverty

(Newser) - South Africa is facing its first post-apartheid recession, and unemployment has hit 23.5%—a punishing figure that has ended the honeymoon of its new president, Jacob Zuma. Many who voted for Zuma have never had a job at all and are desperate for work, Celia Dugger reports for the... More »

Jacob Zuma Sworn In as South African Prez

ANC chief promises to fix economy, work for racial reconciliation

(Newser) - Jacob Zuma was sworn in as South Africa's new president in front of thousands of supporters in Pretoria today, the BBC reports. The African National Congress leader, whose election victory capped a huge comeback after accusations of rape and corruption dogged him for years, said today marks a "moment... More »

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