Supporters of African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa chant slogans outside the party headquarters in Johannesburg on Monday. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

South African president Jacob Zuma’s political future could be decided on Wednesday at a special sitting of the ruling party’s national executive comm(...)

Searching for scapegoats

The belated deployment yesterday of the South African army to “volatile areas” which have seen violent attacks on immigrant communities is to be welco(...)

People take cover from a stun grenade and tear gas after a skirmish  during this week’s march against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The wave of xenophobic violence that has blighted South Africa this week threatened to take hold in neighbouring countries yesterday, where locals we(...)

People take cover from a stun grenade and tear gas after a skirmish between locals and foreign nationals as thousands of people take part in the “peace march” against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

South African police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Thursday to disperse anti-immigrant protesters in Johannesburg, as the country’s president c(...)