South African president Jacob Zuma. The presidency welcomed the decision by South Africa’s supreme appeals court to release the so-calld ‘spy tapes’ tapes but has said nothing else on the matter. Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

South Africa’s main opposition leader Helen Zille said yesterday that secret phone recordings her party acquired through the courts revealed “suffi(...)

Julius Malema, leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), leaves parliament with supporters in Cape Town. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters party has been called upon by the speaker of parliament to give reasons why the movement should not be suspe(...)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace , greet supporters at a  rally in Harare. Photograph: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

The elevation of Grace Mugabe to Zanu-PF’s top decision-making body this weekend has left Zimbabwe’s factionalised ruling party in turmoil, having cre(...)

A baby white rhinoceros walks with its mother in the Kruger National Park. While rhino poaching occurs across South Africa, Kruger has been hardest hit. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Up to 500 rhinos will be evacuated from South Africa’s Kruger National Park in a bid to stem mounting losses of the endangered animals to poachers, th(...)

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma   at the US-Africa leaders summit  in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The US is committed to renewing the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which in its present form expires next year, South African president J(...)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s government has given mixed signals on plans to seize majority stakes in foreign-owned companies as part of its indigenisation policy. Photograph: EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

It is one year since Zimbabwe’s general elections and the political stability and economic development the country’s citizens hoped would emerge fo(...)

 South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma: The Regulations of Land Holdings Bill is one of a number of land reform bills that his government is trying to sign into law before the end of his term in office in 2019. Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

A new property law that bans foreigners from owning land in South Africa will be fast-tracked through parliament before the end of the current admini(...)

People watch as their dwellings are dismantled in Lwandle, an impoverished area about 45km from Cape Town, after the South African National Roads Agency Limited obtained a court order to  remove squatters from the land. Photograph:  Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s picturesque landscape is about to take centre stage in the country’s efforts to address one of the worst legacies of apartheid: the (...)

Residents pass the perimeter of the Wonderkop platinum plant operated by Lonmin in Marikana, South Africa. Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

The longest industrial action in South African history ended yesterday when 70,000 striking platinum miners agreed to return to work tomorrow after (...)

A South Africa fan in Pretoria, 2010:  about €2.5bn was spent on new stadiums, renovating airports, upgrading roads and a high-speed public railway. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The protests against hosting the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil have prompted a renewed bout of reflection in South Africa in recent weeks, about the l(...)