President Jacob Zuma answering questions in parliament in Cape Town on March 17th: it is claimed his close friends the Gupta brothers offered the finance ministry in exchange for favours. Photograph: Mike Hutchings

Interest in this weekend’s meeting of the African National Congress’s top decision-making body has ramped up following accusations an influential Indi(...)

The skull from a white male rhinoceros carcass at the Kruger National Park, South Africa, on Wednesday.  The rhino had to be put down by officials from the park after he was shot and injured by poachers. Photograph: Shiraaz Mohamed/EPA

Despite progress made against rhino poaching in South Africa and Kenya last year, the slaughter of the endangered species across the African continent(...)

Jacob Zuma: legal case could lead to renewed corruption charges. Photograph:  John MacDougall/AFP/Getty

South Africa’s beleaguered president, Jacob Zuma, came under intense political and legal pressure on two fronts yesterday from the opposition Democrat(...)

In 2000, 72 per cent of South Africans  believed interracial relations were improving; by 2012, this had dropped to 39 per cent. Photograph: Lisa Hnatowicz/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Will 2016 be the year in which the lofty idea of South Africa as a “rainbow nation” is finally laid to rest? The term was coined by Archbishop Desmon(...)

File image from  January 21st, 2014 shows the controversial homestead of South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla.  File photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s opposition parties have rejected President Jacob Zuma’s recent offer to pay for some of the upgrades to his multimillion-dollar Nklandl(...)

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe (right): Opposition parties are said to believe the 2018 election may be the best chance in decades they have to oust Mugabe’s party from power. Photograph: Jakesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

Secret high-level talks between opposition parties on forming a grand coalition to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party at the next gene(...)

Clockwise from top: Rwanda’s Paul Kagame; Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni; DRC president Joseph Kabila; and  Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza

The recent decision by Rwanda’s electorate to allow Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office – and Kagame’s confirmation last Friday that he will do(...)

 Nelson Mandela in Dublin in 1990. Criticising their late president is no longer taboo for South African politicians.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Iris Times

In South African politics there are certain things that one just shouldn’t do. Top of the list is alienating voters, and a close second is publicly cr(...)

South Africa’s new finance minister Pravin Gordhan (left) chats with Lesetja Kganyago, governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa, during a media briefing in Pretoria on Monday. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa’s new finance minister – its third in four days – has moved to calm markets and investors unnerved by an astonishing week in South Africa(...)

David van Rooyen being sworn in to succeed Nhlanhla Nene as South Africa’s minister of finance, while President Jacob Zuma looks on, in Pretoria. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane/EPA

The sacking of South Africa’s finance minister Nhlanhla Nene by President Jacob Zuma has been widely condemned, with critics claiming he lost his job(...)