Jacob Zuma

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Locals read newspapers in Mbare township outside Harare yesterday. Zimbabwe’s electoral commission announced on Saturday that Robert Mugabe had won 61 per cent of the vote in the disputed July 31st presidential election, compared with the 34 per cent secured by his main rival, Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Photograph:  Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Western and African nations appear at odds over the outcome of Zimbabwe’s presidential election, which saw Zanu-PF leader Robert Mugabe re-elected as (...)

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace (R) arrive to address the final campaign rally of his ZANU-PF party in Harare. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters.

Zimbabwe’s prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai vowed to pack entrenched president Robert Mugabe off into retirement at a thunderous final campaign rally (...)

Well-wishers light candles yesterday in front of former South African president Nelson Mandela’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg. Photograph: Reuters/Mujahid Safodien

The condition of Nelson Mandela, who has spent more than 40 days in hospital receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection, is “steadily improvin(...)

Schoolchildren sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to former South African president Nelson Mandela at Phefeni High School, opposite Mr Mandela’s former home in Soweto Township Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is “steadily improving”, South Africa’s government claimed today as the former president spent his 95th birthday (...)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe last week branded Zuma’s chief mediator Lindiwe Zulu “some stupid, idiotic woman” and a “little street woman” after her failed attempt to force a postponement of elections. Photograph:  Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe’s political rivals have clashed over a document said to be from intelligence sources that alleges a plot by president Robert Mugabe to hire a(...)

President Robert Mugabe clenches his fists as he delivers his speech at his party’s 13th annual conference last year. Photograph: AP

Barack Obama’s praise of Africa’s democratic progress during his recent three-nation tour visit reflects the fact that governance has improved in m(...)

A child places flowers outside the hospital where ailing former president Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria today. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment but remains in a critical but stable condition after (...)

Graca Machel, wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela,  yesterday spoke about her husband’s condition for the first time, saying he was   “sometimes uncomfortable” but  “fine”. Photograph: Reuters

Doctors treating Nelson Mandela said he was in a “permanent vegetative state” and advised his family to turn off his life-support machine, according t(...)

People gather with candles for Nelson Mandela outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated  in Pretoria, South Africa. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama will host a summit of leaders from sub-Saharan Africa next year, the White House has said.The announcement came as Mr Obama (...)

US president Barack Obama participates in a town hall-style meeting with young African leaders at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto, today. Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

US president Barack Obama has met with family members of ailing former South African leader Nelson Mandela in JohannesburgThe 94-year-old anti-aparthe(...)

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