Jacob Zuma: Tuesday’s vote on Mr Zuma’s future will be the eight vote of confidence in his presidency to take place since he first came to office in 2009. Photograph:  Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete has announced that Tuesday’s motion of no confidence vote in the country’s embattled president, Jaco(...)

South Africa’s new finance minister Pravin Gordhan (left) chats with Lesetja Kganyago, governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa, during a media briefing in Pretoria on Monday. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa’s new finance minister – its third in four days – has moved to calm markets and investors unnerved by an astonishing week in South Africa(...)

Nelson Mandela: The  first democratically elected president of South Africa had repeatedly been hospitalised with lung troubles in recent years. Photograph:  Camera Press/ Yousuf Karsh

Surrounded by close friends and family members, Nelson Mandela was breathing on his own before he died, free of the life-support system that had kept (...)