Protestors occupy the junction of a busy road as part of a service delivery protest in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, South Africa on  April 15th. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South Africa is experiencing a spike in violent street protests across the country’s poorest communities in the run-up to May’s general election. Fro(...)

 South African president Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Photograph: Siyabulela Duda/EPA

The scale of the alleged corruption involving South Africa’s elite that has emerged in recent months is a concern for the ruling African National Cong(...)

 Floyd Shivambu and  Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).  Photograph: Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Allegations of corruption that have been levelled at the leadership of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party could not have come at a w(...)

Australian minister Peter Dutton: In 2016 he composed a text message describing a female journalist as a “mad f**king witch”, but inadvertently sent it to her. Photograph: Rick Rycroft/Pool via Reuters

Peter Dutton, minister for home affairs and a former policeman, is supposed to be the right-wing hard man in Australia’s Liberal-National government.&(...)

Employees and contractors of the Optimum Coal Mine, owned by the controversial Gupta family, demonstrate  in front of the gates of the mine in Hendrina, South Africa, on February 22nd, 2018.  Workers are on strike because of the withdrawal of services in South Africa by India’s state-owned Bank of Baroda, the only institution in the country that still banked the Guptas. Photograph: Marco Longari /AFP/Getty Images

The corporate logo on the deserted plot in a grim industrial park near Johannesburg is broken. At the front, a “To Let” sign hints at a business in de(...)

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(...)

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

Outgoing African Union Commission chairwoman Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is expected to soon enter the race to succeed her ex-husband, Jacob Zuma, as p(...)

Eight speedboats belonging to Mozambican state company Proindicus  at the Maputo Harbour in Maputo: the firm borrowed  $622 million. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

International efforts to help resource-rich Mozambique avoid a massive sovereign debt default are under way following the recent arrival of an Intern(...)

A political rally in Burundi for President Pierre Nkurunziza:  Africa’s recent history at holding leaders to account does not inspire confidence. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

A number of African presidents have suggested a new continental court is required for dealing with regional leaders accused of serious abuse of power,(...)