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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

South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa appears to have an early lead in the race to become the next president of the ruling African National (...)

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(...)

Martin Anayi, chief executive of  Guinness PRO14 Rugby. “You can continue making this tournament bigger, better, make it more relevant.” Photograph: INPHO/Gary Carr

It’s that time of year again. The hurling final is upon us. Electric Picnic brings the curtain down on summer revelry. Cork and Belfast turnstiles jus(...)

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

The key provincial battle ground in the African National Congress’s forthcoming elections has witnessed dozens of murders since 2014 that rights activ(...)

Julius Malema, leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters, at a media briefing in Alexander township on Wednesday. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

The major urban municipalities in South Africa’s economic and administrative heartland will be run by minority councils following the Economic Freedom(...)

Mmusi Maimane, the first black leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance party,  at the local elections results centre in Pretoria on Thursday. Photograph:  Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

The African National Congress has posted its worst election results in the post-apartheid era, with South Africa’s black urban voters abandoning the f(...)

South African president and ANC president Jacob Zuma: he has been accused of high-level corruption which led to calls by the public and  within his party for him to step down. Photograph:  Michael Sheehan/AFP/Getty Images

The African National Congress’s embattled president Jacob Zuma launched the ruling party’s local-election manifesto at the weekend, promising to hold (...)

President Jacob Zuma at a Human Rights Day rally in Durban:  he was criticised in December for his abortive shuffle of finance ministers. Photograph: Rogan Ward/Reuters

As the clock ticks down to South Africa’s local elections later this year, the ruling African National Congress finds itself in a position it has not (...)

 South African students clash with police  during protests in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Three students were hurt during a rally against university fee increases in South Africa, at which protesters threw stones and burned tyres and police(...)

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