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Zuma Dodges Prosecution After Party Infighting within the ranks of South Africa's ruling African National Congress

Infighting within the ranks of South Africa's ruling African National Congress has led to prosecutors dropping charges of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and tax evasion against Jacob Zuma, the party leader who is due to become the country's president after elections later this month. The acting head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA...

Dalai Lama Ban in South Africa - 'Dlamini-Zuma Did It'

The split in government over the decision to bar the Dalai Lama is widening as claims of cabinet backing for the move have been denied and ministerial opposition to the ban strengthens. It has been revealed that the decision to prevent the Tibetan spiritual leader from entering the country was taken by Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-...

Govt Scores Own Goal Over Peace Conference in South Africa

An attempt by South African soccer authorities to show how the 2010 Fifa World Cup could promote peace and harmony not only in South Africa, but through Africa and the world, was transformed into a public relations own-goal Tuesday – by the government's foreign policy. A month ago, soccer boss Irvin Khoza, acting in his capacity as chairman of the...

Government of SA Refuses to Bend in Uproar Over Dalai Lama

THE government yesterday refused to bow to pressure to reverse its decision denying Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama entry into SA, saying it was in the country's best interest. The Dalai Lama was to have attended a peace conference in Johannesburg on Friday arranged in conjunction with the 2010 Soccer World Cup in Johannesburg, but the South African...

COPE on a Knife-Edge as Lekota And Boesak Set to Be Sidelined for Leadership Roles In SA

THE breakaway COPE was on a knife's edge today after its president Mosiuoa Lekota last night snubbed a party working committee meeting, and with struggle stalwart Allan Boesak set to lose the Western Cape premier candidacy. Lekota last night returned late from the campaign trail in KwaZulu-Natal, and had been due to go straight to a working...

Prominent Clerics Nominated to Head Breakaway Party

The former general secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches, the Rev. Mvume Dandala, has been nominated as the presidential candidate of a breakaway faction of South Africa's ruling African National Congress in the country's 22 April elections. Professor Russel Botman, the rector of Stellenbosch University and the former president of the...

Unprofitable South African Airways (SAA) Needs Big Bail-Out, Finance Chief Tells MPs

Unprofitable South African Airways (SAA) could not keep going without a big state capital injection, the national airline's executives warned yesterday. SAA is expected to post a significant loss for the year to March for the third year running because of interest payments well in excess of R300m and losses from hedging against the volatility in...

Task Team Proposes to Curb 'Cheap Imports' Into South Africa

A JOINT government, business and labour task team is proposing a clampdown on "cheap imports" into SA as part of a raft of measures aimed at helping local companies retain jobs and stay afloat through the global economic slowdown. Although aiming to stay within World Trade Organisation rules on free trade, the restriction on cheap...

Mandela Joins Zuma on ANC Campaign Trail

IN A coup for the African National Congress (ANC), former president Nelson Mandela yesterday came out in defence of the party and joined party president Jacob Zuma on stage as he campaigned in Eastern Cape. Mandela's unexpected appearance in Dutywa was the first overtly political act he has performed since retiring from public life in 2004. "...

High Court Rules IEC to Allow South African Citizens Living Abroad to Vote

IT IS unclear if President Kgalema Motlanthe will announce the election date today as expected, after yesterday's Pretoria High Court ruling that South Africans working abroad should be allowed to vote. Acting Judge Piet Ebersohn ruled that the legislation infringed on the rights of South Africans living abroad and also ordered that the...

Mandela Foundation to Tackle Scourge of Xenophobia

IN LIVING up to its mission of preserving former president Nelson Mandela's legacy of reconciliation, his foundation has launched an initiative to promote peace in divided communities previously plagued by xenophobic attacks. The programme by the Nelson Mandela Foundation is in response to last year's wave of xenophobic attacks that claimed 62...

State Considers Help for Ailing Firms to Save Jobs

Jobs at risk from the global economic meltdown could not be saved if the companies at risk were not saved, President Kgalema Motlanthe said yesterday, giving the clearest sign yet that the government will devise a strategy to rescue businesses in trouble. In an unprecedented move, Motlanthe held a free-ranging news conference, fielding questions...

Battle Over Future of Public Broadcaster of South Africa

A powerful coalition of civic organisations is calling for a complete overhaul of the legal framework of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to force it to fulfil its public broadcasting mandate. At a meeting on Jan. 29, the Save our SABC Coalition said they would step up their focus on the SABC Amendment Bill that is awaiting the...

Volkswagen South Africa Retrenches 400 Workers

VOLKSWAGEN SA (VWSA) is laying off 400 workers in response to plunging vehicle sales and the global financial crisis. VWSA spokesman Bill Stephens said on Friday the employees in question had taken voluntary separation packages. While more job losses are expected for the industry at large, Stephens said it was difficult at this stage to predict...

Time for State to Step in, Says ANC president Jacob Zuma

THE African National Congress (ANC) needed to become more involved in the economy and adopt a more business-friendly approach, party president Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. "As the global financial crisis revealed to us last year, the days of the state remaining aloof of the market are now gone," Zuma told guests at the ANC's manifesto...