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(...)

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir returns from South Africa to Khartoum on Monday, avoiding arrest over war crimes charges. Photograph: Marwan Al/EPA

Whatever gloss the International Criminal Court (ICC) places on Omar al-Bashir’s deft evasion of two of its arrest warrants yesterday, the bottom line(...)

President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso (right) watches as Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir (left) is greeted by Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe (back to camera) ahead of the African Union summit in Johannesburg, June 14th, 2015.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Any likelihood of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir being arrested in South Africa on a warrant from the International Criminal Court appears to be re(...)

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(...)

Former South African president  Nelson Mandela: the  sequel is based on a little known manuscript Mandela wrote by hand but never completed, chronicling his time as the country’s first black president. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

“I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest(...)

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma: opposition MPs maintain fireworks are likely in Parliament. Photograph: Reuters

Tensions are expected to run high on Wednesday when South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma appears before parliament for the first time since his refusa(...)

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 (...)

Apartheid leader Eugene de Kock (l) appears before the Truth And Reconciliation Commission amnesty hearing in 1999. Photograph: Reuters.

Apartheid leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed ‘Prime Evil’ for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s an(...)

Children from the Zip Zap circus school prepare ahead of a World Aids Day concert in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Today is the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death. Photograph: Nic Bothma

In the emotion-filled days that followed former South African president Nelson Mandela’s death a year ago today, the African National Congress party v(...)

Internal party pressure is mounting on South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma to reimburse the taxpayer for non-security upgrades made to his rural hom(...)