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(...)

 Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane speaks  in Johannesburg, South Africa. File photograph: Kevin Sutherland/EPA

Mmusi Maimane’s leadership of the Democratic Alliance (DA) has come under serious threat ahead of a crunch party meeting this weekend which will fill (...)

A soldier stands guard in the township of Philippi East, a township in Cape Town. Photograph: Joao Silva/The New York Times

The South African government’s recent deployment of the army to an area of Cape Town where more than 1,000 gang-related murders have taken place since(...)

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(...)

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

South Africa’s ruling party likes to portray an image of invincibility. The African National Congress will, in the words of President Jacob Zuma’s oft(...)

They may just have been local elections but South African voters have delivered a very sharp message to the African National Congress (ANC) of truly n(...)

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(...)

 President Jacob Zuma: the constitutional court unanimously ruled that South Africa’s first citizen had failed to “uphold, defend, and respect” the constitution. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/AP

The court ruling on Thursday that South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma has violated the constitution by not repaying taxpayers’ money used for non-secu(...)

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 (...)

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