Mmusi Maimane  gives his maiden speech following his election in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, today. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has said it voted Mmusi Maimane as leader, making him the first black person to h(...)

Outgoing Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille: “These kinds of decisions are a long time coming but in the end they are made suddenly. The time is right.” Photograph: Reuters/Mike Hutchings

The leader of South Africa’s main opposition party said yesterday she was standing down, possibly opening the way for a black candidate to broaden t(...)

Studying by candle light during load shedding in Soweto.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa’s stuttering economy will struggle over the next few years to achieve the growth rate required to tackle its high levels of unemployment (...)

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(...)

After Mandela

Post-election violence in Johannesburg’s township of Alexandra and the government’s more aggressive response in deploying troops against demonstrators(...)

South African president Jacob Zuma greets opposition DA party leader Helen Zille at the results operations centre in Pretoria. Photograph: EPA

The African National Congress has secured a comfortable victory in South Africa’s general election, following an impressive voter turnout for a poll h(...)

Voters queue to cast their ballots in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township.   Photograph: Reuters

South Africa’s fifth general election was held under largely peaceful circumstances yesterday, with only isolated incidents of violence and electoral (...)

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema points the way to supporters in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Photograph: Ihsaan Haffejee/EPA

Despite 20 years of South African democracy, time appears to have stood still for the residents of Zwelethemba, a poor black township in the Western C(...)

Supporters of the ruling African National Congress protest against the provincial government over the alleged lack of services and housing in Cape Town. South Africa is to hold its fourth general election since the end of apartheid on May 7th. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

The might of the African National Congress electoral machine has been in full swing in South Africa in recent months, and few locations have fe(...)

Determined: queueing to vote in 1994. Photograph:  William F Campbell//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Twenty years ago today South Africa was at the dawn of a new democracy. Decades of the worst oppression were about to come to an end. As Nelson(...)