South Africa’s former president Kgalema Motlanthe in December 2005, when he was general secretary of the African National Congress. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe has given a highly critical assessment of the ruling African National Congress party’s current crop o(...)

Some of the thousands of students from Wits University in Johannesburg demonstrate during another day of protest against fee increases. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma is to meet student leaders and university officials today in a bid to end a week of protests over proposed fee inc(...)

Makaziwe Mandela, daughter of former South African president Nelson Mandela, during the final court hearing concerning the removal of the remains of the former leader’s children in the high court of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Photograph: Reuters

Nelson Mandela’s health is “perilous” and he is using assisted breathing in a Pretoria hospital, according to court documents disclosed yesterday in a(...)