A member of the South African police force arrests a man in a protest against the lack of policing in Masiphumelele, Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

An increase in serious violent crimes for a third successive year has heaped pressure on South Africa’s beleaguered national police commissioner, Riah(...)

 Hand of friendship: South African president Jacob Zuma with Chinese president Xi Jinping on a recent visit to  Beijing. Photograph: EPA/Lintao Zhang/Pool

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party appears intent on adopting a pro-Chinese anti-western approach to its foreign policy in the year(...)

Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir: Attended a meeting of the African Union in Johannesburg in June. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

South Africa’s high court yesterday refused the government leave to appeal its recent court ruling that it acted unconstitutionally by not arresting S(...)

Boys play soccer in Marikana’s Nkaneng township in front of the Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg, South Africa. Photograph: Reuters

A new plan designed to stem the loss of thousands of jobs in South Africa’s mining industry was agreed on Monday by government, mining companies and u(...)

President Jacob Zuma: the public protector said in a report last year that Mr Zuma had unduly benefited from the security upgrades which included a swimming pool, visitors’ centre, chicken run and cattle enclosure

The leader of South Africa’s opposition party, Democratic Alliance, has said the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s rural home far exceed the minimu(...)

 South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma with school children during the closing ceremony of the 25th African Union  summit in Johannesburg on June 16th. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane/EPA

The handling of a variety of recent controversies in South Africa by the African National Congress-led government has given rise to the notion on many(...)

“This is the moment to invest in the continent,” South African president Jacob Zuma told business leaders, academics and politicians. Photograph:  Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

Private sector participation is the key to Africa’s future economic development, but the continent must address a range of investment risks to attract(...)

South African president Jacob Zuma: the public protector, an anti-corruption watchdog, found he had “unduly benefitted” from security renovations at his rural home. It recommended he repay a reasonable amount of the money to the exchequer. Photograph: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Instead of repaying some of the cost of controversial security upgrades to his rural home, South African president Jacob Zuma’s property is to have(...)

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithin delivering a speech in Durban yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini has denied any responsibility for the recent spate of deadly xenophobic attacks across South Africa, suggesting a hidde(...)

  South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma (c) addressing a crowd during a visit to affected areas after recent anti-immigrant attacks in the port city of Durban. Mr Zuma said the attacks go against the beliefs of the majority of South Africa. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS/EPA

South Africa’s president cancelled a trip abroad in order to deal with a series of attacks on immigrants in the country that have killed at least six (...)