South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa takes part in a press conference in London, England. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

With less than three months to go to the poll that decides who will become the next leader of South Africa’s ruling ANC party, the election campaign b(...)

South African parliament speaker Baleka Mbete, left, talks with ANC treasury general Zweli Mkhize, right, at the ruling party’s policy conference. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

Fears that South Africa’s ruling party could split after its elective conference in December has propelled a “compromise” candidate into contention to(...)

Jacob Zuma: the  South African president and his entourage could be seen on live TV leaving the podium and being whisked away from the rally in the central city of Bloemfontein. Photograph:  EPA

Jacob Zuma, the South African president, made a hasty exit from a May Day rally on Monday after the crowd of workers that he was due to address became(...)

Archbishop  Desmond Tutu: said recently it felt like the dark days of apartheid had returned. Photograph: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images

A growing number of overt public displays of racism have prompted a bout of national introspection in South Africa around the level of progress made i(...)

Mandla Mandela (centre back), the eldest grandson of  Nelson Mandela, watches as his flag-draped coffin is carried down steps of the Union Buildings at the end of the third and final day of lying in state in Pretoria today. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Pool/Reuters

Tens of thousands of mourners, some breaking through police barriers, flocked to South Africa’s central government buildings on Friday to say a perso(...)

Twenty nine people died and several others were injured after a bus collided with a truck in South Africa, the government said today.The crash happene(...)