ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa (right) toasts with former president Jacob Zuma and secretary general Ace Magashule (left)  during  ANC anniversary celebrations, in January.  Photograph:  Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s ruling party has come out strongly in defence of its secretary general, Ace Magashule, after he was accused in a newly released book of(...)

Zulu king Goodwill  Zwelithini greets ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa in January  2018 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. File photograph: Jabulani Langa/Daily Sun/Gallo Images/Getty Images

A Zulu king’s threat to undermine the chances of the African National Congress (ANC) at next year’s election has led the ruling party to exempt tribal(...)

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, celebrates with his supporters after he survived a no-confidence motion in parliament in August. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

At one end of the main street in Vrede, a dust-blown farming town in South Africa’s Free State province, stands a stone Dutch Reformed Church. At the (...)

South Africa’s former president Kgalema Motlanthe in December 2005, when he was general secretary of the African National Congress. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe has given a highly critical assessment of the ruling African National Congress party’s current crop o(...)