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A customer shops at a Liquor City shop in Johannesburg, South Africa, in early June. File photograph: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

The South African government’s decision to reinstate sweeping lockdown measures to curb the spread of coronavirus has been strongly criticised by many(...)

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, the party’s first black president, stood down on Wednesday. Photograph: Gulshan Khan/AFP via Getty

South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, is struggling to contain damaging fallout from a leadership crisis that has engulfed(...)

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

Cape Town’s water crisis has eased slightly following a reduction in consumption by residents and local farmers. Last month officials of the South Af(...)

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 deputy president and  African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photograph: GIanluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

South Africans cast their votes in local elections on Wednesday and if the opinion polls can be relied upon, the African National Congress’s control o(...)