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(...)

Democratic Alliance  members chant party slogans during a march in downtown Johannesburg. Photograph:  Kim Ludbrook/EPA

The rain that drenches Johannesburg does not discourage the large group of Democratic Alliance supporters from taking to the city’s streets to (...)

An artwork created by South African artist Anton Kannemeyer depicting South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma (right) and his predecessor Thabo Mbeki at the Stevenson gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.  Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

African National Congress Led by presi(...)

Anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele hugs opposition Democratic Alliance  leader Helen Zille at a news conference in Cape Town on January 28th to announce that Dr Ramphele would  run as presidential candidate for the DA in this year’s South African election. The pact between the two lasted five days. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

As political marriages go, the pact that saw Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele become the Democratic Alliance party’s presidential candidate for this (...)

The drafting of Mamphela Ramphele as its candidate for South Africa’s presidency by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) is more a rebranding exerc(...)