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

South Africa’s most popular urban tourist destination, Cape Town in the Western Cape Province, is on the cusp of becoming the first major coastal city(...)

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

A senior African National Congress official has confirmed South Africa’s ruling party discussed Jacob Zuma’s future as head of state in recent days, b(...)

Deputy president of South Africa and new head of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa.  “We do not want a divided African National Congress,” he said.  Photograph:   Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

The new leader of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa called for unity on Monday as factions within the party become increa(...)

Outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma dances on stage during the ANC National Conference held in Johannesburg earlier this month. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South Africa’s highest court has ordered parliament to consider the impeachment of Jacob Zuma, adding to pressure on the president following Cyril Ram(...)

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

It was not until the military openly supported nationwide anti-Mugabe street protests that Zimbabweans began to really believe their president’s final(...)

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

The African National Congress has clipped the wings of its outgoing president, Jacob Zuma, who remains South Africa’s leader, by adopting a resolution(...)

Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory in the African National Congress (ANC) leadership election provides a glimmer of hope that his sclerotic and scandal-plagued(...)

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

The African National Congress’s new leader must secure the balance of power in its top decision-making body, the national executive committee, to impl(...)

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

South Africans must wait until Monday to find out who the new leader of the ruling African National Congress will be, after delegate registration disp(...)

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

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is about to elect a new leader, but it enters its national conference this weekend deeply divided over(...)

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