South African president Cyril Ramaphosa delivering the eulogy at the Special Official Funeral service for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Last-minute compromise between family and ANC enabled party to address mourners

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has repeatedly said this year’s general election will be held in a “free and fair” manner. Photograph: Luc Gnago/Reuters

President Mnangagwa is seeking to rebuild bridges with international community

Former South African president Jacob Zuma appears at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

Former South Africa president faces charges relating to multibillion-euro arms deal

Former South African president Jacob Zuma faces 16 charges of corruption. Photograph:  AFP

Former president of South Africa faces 16 charges of corruption

South African National Congress Women’s League members sing and mourn outside Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s home in Soweto, Johannesburg. Photograph:  EPA/STR

South Africa to give anti-apartheid icon and ex-wife of late Nelson Mandela a state funeral

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela smiles as she is greeted by Women’s League supporters gathered in Soweto to celebrate her 80th birthday in 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

South African anti-apartheid campaigner died aged 81 after a long illness

Vicki Momberg: If her appeal fails, she will become the first person in South Africa to go to prison for subjecting someone to racial abuse. Screengrab: YouTube

Former estate agent Vicki Momberg abused black police officers who came to her aid

Grace Mugabe: has been nicknamed “Gucci Grace”and her wealth has prompted questions as to its provenance and suspicions of her involvement  in illegal activities. Photograph:  Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images

Claims Zimbabwe’s former first lady is involved in illegal export of contraband ivory

 Robert Mugabe at his residence in Harare last week. Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, has spoken out in public after he resigned under pressure last November. Photograph: Aron Ufumeli/EPA

Zimbabwe’s ex-president has met with opposition party backed by an ousted faction of ruling Zanu-PF

Tape marks vacant land in Olievenhoutbosch near Centurion in South Africa: whites own 72 per cent of land held by individuals, even though they make up only about 9 per cent of the population. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko

ANC moving to amend constitution to permit expropriation of land without compensation

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma: disputes all the allegations against him. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Charges relate to €2bn arms deal in the 1990s, chief state prosecutor says

People queued to collect water from a spring in the Newlands suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, in January as fears over the city’s water crisis grew. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Huge reduction in usage helped stave off water shortage crisis feared for mid-April

Pravin Gordhan is sworn in as the new South African minister of public enterprises. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s new president strengthens anti-corruption drive

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa: has repeatedly stated he wants to build a new Zimbabwe but  much of the oppressive legislation introduced by Mugabe remains. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty

Social justice activists try to leverage Zanu-PF’s need for more legitimate identity

Cyril Ramaphosa: does he have the leadership qualities that can inspire ANC members to join in his efforts to renew the movement and build the country? Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

In wake of Zuma, new president faces party factionalism, and social and economic blight

South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn into office after being elected at the parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. Photograph:  Mike Hutchings/AFP/Getty Images

Parliamentary vote takes place less than 24 hours after resignation of Jacob Zuma

 A resident of the Masiphumelele informal settlement collects drinking water from a communal municipal tap in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

South Africa’s government takes action as water crisis threatens Cape Town supplies

South African president Jacob Zuma announced his immediate resignation in a TV address to the nation on February 14th, 2018, after the ruling ANC party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence. Photograph: SIPHIWE SIBEKO/AFP/Getty Images

In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, Mr Zuma said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma: if he refuses to stand down, the matter could go to parliament for a vote on a motion of no confidence. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Party says it rejected request by South Africa president to stay in role for few more months

Torn African National Congress  election poster bearing the face of ANC president Jacob Zuma. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook

Handover talks with Cyril Ramaphosa collapsed under weight of Zuma’s demands

President Jacob Zuma leaves Tuynhuys, the office of the presidency in Cape Town, SA, February 7, 2018. Photograph: Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

Zuma stands accused of widespread corruption linked to looting of state resources

Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC leader and South Africa’s deputy president: will be the ANC’s candidate for the presidency in the next election. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

After Zuma’s refusal to step down, ruling party were expected to recall him from office

People queue to collect water from a spring in the Newlands suburb in January as fears over the city’s water crisis grow in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Residents in South African city reduce consumption amid fears supply will run out

Supporters of African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa chant slogans outside the party headquarters in Johannesburg on Monday. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s president faces growing pressure to quit but talks fail to secure departure

Tree trunks, which were submersed when the dam was full, stand in the critically low Theewaterskloof Dam in Villiersdorp, South Africa. Cape Town will become the first major city in recent history to run out water. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Many residents ignoring usage restrictions as city expected to run out of water by April

Jacob Zuma: South African president is now seen as a liability  by many within the ANC. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty

Public pressure growing on the party to remove the unpopular president from office

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa (right), with Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the MDC,   in Harare earlier this month.  Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

MDC’s charismatic leader believed to be crucial to alliance’s chances in election

 German chancellor and leader of the German Christian Democrats Angela Merkel with Horst Seehofer, governor of Bavaria and leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Unio. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

From Trump to tragedy, Kim Jong-un to a royal wedding, a compelling roundup from an at times incredible year

Zimbabwe’s then president, Robert Mugabe, and his wife, Grace. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/File/AP Photo

Now that he’s been replaced with Mnangagwa, the big question is: will anything change?

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president and newly elected president of the African National Congress  (ANC), at the party’s 54th  national conference  in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africa president and new ANC chief Cyril Ramaphosa appear on collision course

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president and newly-elected president of the ANC, embraces opponent Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Two of party’s newly-elected top officials have been accused of corruption

Newly elected African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa is congratulated by his rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the party conference in  Johannesburg. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

South African deputy president, a former trade unionist, takes over from Jacob Zuma

By Sunday evening the race was between ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, above, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Disqualification of delegates may undermine frontrunner Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

African National Congress presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa: opponents say he is too close to  business and does not have poor black South Africans’ interests at heart. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty

Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma neck and neck for party leadership

Shaun Abrahams: Since his appointment, he  has been accused of displaying bias in favour of President Jacob Zuma around criminal cases, allegations Mr Abrahams denies. Photograph:  Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Shaun Abrahams to vacate post, with president barred from appointing replacement

South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa: The  930 voting delegates   from branches that did not finalise their nominations   on time could change the shape of the ANC leadership race. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

President Zuma expected to be recalled from office unless former wife wins party poll

Zimbabwe’s former minister of finance Ignatius Chombo  leaves Harare Magistrate Court shackled to former Zanu-PF Youth League chairperson Kudzai Chipanga. Photograph: Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty

In apparent purge by Emmerson Mnangagwa, five enemies in Zanu-PF pushed out

President Emmerson Mnangagwathe: denies any involvement in Gukurahundi massacres. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

People in Matabeleland who suffered badly under Mugabe are sceptical of new pledges

Emmerson Mnangagwa  and his wife Auxillia arrive at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe, on Friday. Photograph: AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Zimbabwe’s new president hits right notes at swearing in after toppling of Mugabe

Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses supporters on Wednesday in Harare in advance of his swearing-in as Zimbabwe’s president Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Pressure must be kept on ruling Zanu-PF party if free elections are to be achieved

Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses supporters and the media at the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Wednesday. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Profile: The man carrying nation’s hopes has had a long and turbulent career in politics

Zimbabweans celebrate after  Robert Mugabe resigns as president after nearly four decades in power. Photograph:  Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Emmerson Mnangagwa, known as ‘the Crocodile’, expected to be installed as new leader

University of Zimbabwe demonstration against Mugabe and his wife. Photograph: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Zimbabwean president had been given deadline to stand down or face impeachment

 People carry placards during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe  in Harare. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

Jubilation in Harare as pent-up opposition to long-time president spills on to streets

Zimbabwean coup: President Mugabe at a university graduation ceremony on Friday. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Coup’s surgical nature points to sacked vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa

  Zimbabwe’s former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa: It is  believed that  tensions between Mr Mnangagwa and Mr Mugabe’s wife, Grace, around who will succeed the Zimbabwean president were behind his  removal from office. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

Former ally Emmerson Mnangagwa says he fled country due to ‘incessant threats’

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace Mubage, with Emmerson  Mnangagwa  – whom Mr Mugabe has dismissed as vice president – at a gathering of the Zanu-PF party’s politburo in Harare on February 10th, 2016. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

President’s wife likely to lead country next as opposition figures court ‘crocodile’

South Africa’s then education minister Blade Nzimande signs an agreement in Paris alongside his French counterpart, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, while presidents Jacob Zuma and François Hollande look on, in July 2016. Photograph: Jeremy Lempin/Reuters

South African president’s decision may have grave repercussions in 2019 general election

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma. The Gupta brothers are accused of using their relationships with Zuma and other politically-connected individuals to illegally acquire billions of rand in state contracts. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

KPMG and McKinsey linked to allegations in relation to firms owned by Gupta brothers

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma. South Africa’s appeals court has ruled that Zuma must face a range of corruption charges. File photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

South African court reinstates 783 counts of fraud, racketeering and money-laundering

Emmerson Mnangagwa was  stripped of his  influential post in an overnight cabinet reshuffle. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s president promotes members associated with faction loyal to his wife

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

A brawl in East London is part of the latest twist in the party’s hunt for Jacob Zuma’s successor

 A member of South Africa’s Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) waves a sign during a demonstration calling for the removal of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

ANC alliance partners mobilise thousands for rallies in all nine provincial capitals

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

South African party’s treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize could slip in between warring cliques

 South African president Jacob Zuma has suffered a blow in his efforts to ensure his preferred candidate is elected to succeed him. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Hutchings

South African court declares party’s national elective conference ‘unlawful and void’

South African president Jacob Zuma has links to the  Gupta family, who Bell Pottinger portrayed as part of a struggle to defeat ‘white monopoly capital’. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

PR firm’s disgrace seen as warning to other unethical businesses

 South African president Jacob Zuma speaks during a question-and-answer session in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa,  August 31st, 2017. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

KwaZulu-Natal court outcome may be game changer in race for South Africa president

ANC president Jacob Zuma: he is due to step down as ANC leader at the end of this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Scale of murders in KwaZulu-Natal has emerged in inquiry looking at political killings

South African model Gabriella Engels, who claims she was assaulted by Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, looks on during a press conference at the civil rights organisation AfriForum on Thursday in Centurion. Photograph:  Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images

Model claims Zimbabwe’s first lady whipped her with electric extension cable

Wexford man Shane Kelly (48), and his children (from left) Rosa (14), Maisie (12) and Rudy (8) outside Casa Batlo in the center of Barcelona about an hour before the terrorist attack. Photograph: Alice Gilmour

Wexford man and family locked into Barcelona museum for two hours during attack

Grace Mugabe  speaks to her husband,   Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, at a 2016 event in Harare.

Zimbabwe’s first lady accused of assaulting model in South Africa at weekend

South African president Jacob Zuma after winning a vote of no confidence speaks to a crowd of his supporters outside parliament in Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

President survives no-confidence motion but is unlikely to lead ANC into 2019 elections

South African president Jacob Zuma addresses his supporters after he survived a no-confidence motion in Cape Town, South Africa, August 8th, 2017. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

198 MPs vote against bid to remove president, 177 vote for motion and nine abstain

Jacob Zuma: Tuesday’s vote on Mr Zuma’s future will be the eight vote of confidence in his presidency to take place since he first came to office in 2009. Photograph:  Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition believes ruling party MPs would not vote against South African president in public

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta greets thousands of cheering supporters at a rally in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Tribal identity politics rather than broad-based party politics still dominate

Former Irish president Mary Robinson and Graça Machel, widow of former president Nelson Mandela, join a walk to commemorate what would have been Mandela’s 99th birthday in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Supporting community organisations was response to growth of xenophobia, nationalism and populism

Zambian president Edgar Lungu in Lusaka. In response to the allegations that he is becoming increasingly dictatorial, Lungu insisted Zambia was Africa’s most accomplished democracy, and that he was only trying to bring “sanity” to the country. Photograph: Dawood Salim/Getty

Request for state of emergency seen as latest sign of efforts to quell dissent to his rule

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) coalition, at a  campaign rally  in Nairobi, Kenya .  Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Realignment of political forces and fears of tribal violence ahead of August 8th election

South African gold miners: The mining sector is one of the pillars of the South African economy, accounting for about 7 per cent of the country’s economic output despite its decline.

Revised government Mining Charter described as ‘illegal’ and ‘unconstitutional’

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma; Winnie Mandela, wife of the late president Nelson Mandela; and the country’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the ANC’s national policy conference in   Johannesburg. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s ruling party beset by factionalism, corruption and dwindling support

South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, a front-runner in the race to succeed Jacob Zuma in December as ANC leader. Photograph: Siyabulela Duda/EPA

Party’s deputy head and president’s former wife front-runners in internal election

Western Cape premier Helen Zille, who will face disciplinary proceedings by her political party, Democratic Alliance, on Friday over tweets she made about colonialism. Photograph: Schalk van Zuydam/AP

Western Cape premier accused of ‘racism’ and faces disciplinary proceedings

South African president Jacob Zuma: has five working days to hand over documents explaining his decision to fire his finance minister and shuffle his cabinet.  Photograph: EPA

Move after court orders president to hand over documents explaining firing of finance minister

Zimbabwe main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (left) and former vice-president Joice Mujuru (right) sign a memorandum of understanding to negotiate a coalition ahead of the 2018 general election in Harare. Photograph: Jekesai Nijikizana/AFP/Getty Images

Movement for Democratic Change and National People’s Front sign pact ahead of 2018 vote

Demonstrators march in protest against South African president Jacob Zuma, to ask for his resignation, in Pretoria. Photograph: Luigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

Ten South African opposition parties unite to seek end to president’s reign

Demonstrators carry banners as they take part in a protest calling for the removal of South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma in Johannesburg on Friday. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Protests following cabinet reshuffle the culmination of years of opposition to president

South African President Jacob Zuma: facing a growing challenge from within his own party. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/Getty Images

Calls intensify for leader to stand down as demonstrations planned

“Complete nonsense”: Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan with the intelligence report  president Jacob Zuma used to justify firing him. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Sacking of ministers sparks street protests and split among ANC leadership

Pravin Gordhan: South Africa’s finance minister and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, head into  to a court hearing in Pretoria. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Coalition communists object to accusation that ministers in bid to upturn government

Sihle Bolani: The South African media consultant claims the ANC mounted a disinformation campaign against political rivals.

Disgruntled consultant claims ANC prepared to spend millions on secret media operation

South African president Jacob Zuma: decision taken by him and the minister of justice Michael Masutha to withdraw from The Hague-based court without parliamentary approval amounted was a breach of the separation of powers. Photograph: Nic Bothma

Pretoria high court says exit of International Criminal Court a breach of Zuma’s powers

A boy has his arm measured to see if he is suffering from malnutrition during a nutritional assessment at an emergency medical facility supported by UNICEF in Kuach,  South Sudan. Photograph: Kate Holt/UNICEF via AP

UN warns millions are threatened by starvation if international community fails to act

Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo international airport, where police are allegedly confiscating drugs and selling them on

Seized contraband allegedly channelled to streets of Johannesburg for sale

Miners  at the end of their night shift at the Leonine mine in Rustenburg, South Africa. Photograph: Reuters

African leaders showcase mining opportunities at Cape Town conference

Security officials and members of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters engage in a brawl in the National Assembly in Cape Town  during a speech by South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma on Thursday. Photograph: Sumaya Hisham/AFP/Getty Images

Jacob Zuma’s government accused of allowing armed soldiers to enter assembly

An injured man is carried by helpers from the scene of a car bomb attack at the Dayah Hotel, near Somalia’s parliament in central Mogadishu, on January 25th.  Photograph: Said Yusuf Warsame/EPA

Libya, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan still Africa’s major crisis areas, says new report

Zimbabwean pastor and anti-government activist Evan Mawarire, pictured in July 2016, who has been arrested on his return Harare after spendig six months in the United States. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Evan Mawarire detained at airport after returning from six-month exile in New York

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: some of her critics  believe she only took the job of chairwoman of the African Union Commission to enhance her profile back in South Africa. Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the president’s ex-wife, is expected to bid for ANC leadership

Cyril Ramaphosa (left) with Jacob Zuma  in Soweto on Sunday for a ceremony marking the ANC’s 105th anniversary. The ANC hopes that Ramaphosa’s return to politics after a spell in the business world will help repair the party’s battered image among voters. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

Deputy leader and Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife among those sounding out party and electorate

Striking miners  on August 27th, 2012, near where police shot and killed 42 miners days earlier. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Four years after Marikana Massacre state announces charges and compensation

South African president Jacob Zuma  has survived a vote of no confidence. Photograph: Nic Bothma/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Scandal-hit South African leader will not be head of the party by time of 2019 elections

Alcohol consumption and speeding are two of the major contributors to road traffic deaths on South Africa’s roads

Almost 13,000 people die each year with the N2 being its most dangerous deathtrap

Police fire rubber bullets during recent riots in Cape Town. They have added gunshot detection technology to their armoury in seeking to curb the city’s gang violence. Photograph: AP/Schalk van Zuydam

City official says using gunshot detection technology has cut crime dramatically

South African president Jacob Zuma: ongoing legal battles are threatening to undo his presidency. Photograph: Sumaya Hisham/Reuters

Analysis: President today seeks to prevent release of report into links to businessmen

South Africa’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan:  charged with fraud over early retirement package allegedly approved for a revenue official.  Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Lawyer refused to take part in fraud investigation into finance minister Pravin Gordhan

 Caroline Nganga, Sr Ursla Agga, Lydia Birongo at the Medical Missionaries of Mary Mukuru Health Centre: They are only too aware of how endemic challenges such as gender-based violence and patriarchy are in the slum, and how difficult it will be to overcome them. Photograph: Bill Corcoran

Poverty persists in Kenyan capital while violence against women is at epidemic levels

Finance minister Pravin Gordhan: was publicly charged with fraud and theft by the National Prosecuting Authority.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s ruling party ‘worse than apartheid state’ over finance minister scandal

South Africa’s minister for finance Pravin Gordhan: Analysts have said the charges against him are politically motivated, and some suspect the hand of president Jacob Zuma is guiding the National Prosecution Authority.    Photograph: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Pravin Gordhan refuses to ask prosecution not to proceed with fraud charges against him

South Africa’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan has gained widespread support locally and internationally for the manner in which he has tried to bring corruption and wasteful spending in government under control. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South African family accused of using links with Zuma to further its business interests

South African public protector Thuli Madonsela:  planned to release findings  on her last day in  office. Photograph: EPA/STR

Court delays publication of inquiry into influence of Gupta brothers in government

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