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August 16, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa: Kgalema Motlanthe

Kgalema Motlanthe (L) greets then incoming President Jacob Zuma (R) during Zuma's innauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, May 9, 2009. (Steve Crisp/Courtesy Reuters) South Africa Presi…

South Africa: Kgalema Motlanthe

June 6, 2019

South Africa
South Africa’s New Foreign Minister Is a Starting Point for Improved U.S. Ties

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of Naledi Pandor as minister of international relations may be a positive step toward improving South Africa’s relations with the United States. Pandor is part of a Ramaphosa’s trimmed-down cabinet whose positions are split equally between men and women. 


April 4, 2017

South Africa
Uncertainties Mount Whether Zuma’s Presidency Will Survive

Voices calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign or to be removed from office are getting louder in the wake of his cabinet reshuffle and removal of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Within his Afric…

Jacob Zuma Cabinet Reshuffle

November 3, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s ANC and an In-House Critic

Since the 1994 transition to “non-racial” democracy and Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as president, South Africa has been governed by “the triple alliance.” This alliance is made up of the African Na…

Mandela SACP

September 9, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Possible Presidential Successors

Jacob Zuma’s term as president of South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) ends in 2017; his term as South Africa’s president ends in 2019. Zuma’s successor as ANC president will almo…


October 24, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
ANC Party Politics and the Upcoming Convention

Politics within South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) is focused on the upcoming December party convention for the party presidency. The political maneuvering is focused on nominee…

Supporters of the ruling African National Congress demonstrate against the opposition Democratic Alliance in Cape Town 29/04/2011.

April 9, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Jacob Zuma Stonewalls on Corruption Charges

South Africa’s Public Protector stated in a recent report that taxpayer money funded improvements to Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma’s private estate. The public protector found this “unconscionable, e…

A member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) stands on the roof of a house they built for an elderly woman, near the homestead of South African President Jacob Zuma (in the background), in Nkandla January 11, 2014.

October 21, 2008

South Africa
A Conversation with Jacob Zuma

After the forced resignation of South African president Thabo Mbeki in September, and the subsequent departure of several cabinet members, Kgalema Motlanthe was sworn in as South Africa's interim pre…

December 12, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s President Zuma Booed at Mandela Memorial Service

President Jacob Zuma, who faces national elections in 2014, should be worried. He was booed at Nelson Mandela’s December 10 state memorial service. John Allen reports that according to a local news c…

December 10, 2013South African President Jacob Zuma waves as he arrives at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium, also known as Soccer City, ahead of the national memorial service for late former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg December 10, 2013.

December 18, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Zuma Sweeps ANC Convention, but Fundamental Dilemmas Unresolved

Jacob Zuma was re-elected as the African National Congress (ANC) party president and Cyril Ramaphosa the deputy president. They won by large margins. So, too, did Executive Committee candidates who s…

 South Africa's President Zuma celebrates his re-election as party President alongside newly-elected party Deputy President Ramaphosa and re-elected Chairperson Mbete at the National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Bloemfontein 18/12/2012.